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GALLUP SURVEY REVEALS GROWING SUPPORT NATIONWIDE FOR PARENTAL CHOICE OF SCHOOLS

 GALLUP SURVEY REVEALS GROWING SUPPORT NATIONWIDE
 FOR PARENTAL CHOICE OF SCHOOLS
 WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) today released findings of a new Gallup survey which measured public opinion on the issues of parental choice of schools and the funding of school choice, as well as on the quality of education provided by U.S. schools.
 The clear majority of the 1,239 adults surveyed -- 70 percent -- indicated support for a government-funded voucher system which would provide a certain amount of money for each child so that parents could send children to the public, private or parochial schools of the parents' choice.
 In addition, when Americans were specifically asked if they would be willing to see some of their tax money now going to public schools used to fund parents' choice of private, public or parochial schools for their children, three in five adults (61 percent) among the general population did favor use of tax money for this purpose. Among adults between the ages of 18 and 34 who are in their principal child-rearing years, 73 percent support grants of money to fund parental choice of schools as do over two-thirds of Americans earning under $20,000. The latter is a segment of the U.S. population which evidences the greatest need.
 "What the Gallup survey confirms," noted Catherine McNamee, CSJ, president of NCEA, "is a clear desire on the part of the American people to exercise their rights as users of education to determine where their children should attend school. The survey documents the fact that parents want the power to make this determination, rather than leave it to the professional educational establishment -- and they want tax money used to support their exercise of this parental right."
 The title of the Gallup survey is "The People's Poll on Schools and School Choice."
 Frank Savage, executive director of the Chief Administrators of Catholic Education, an NCEA department, explained that the current Gallup question on the attractiveness of the voucher system was taken directly from Gallup's 1991 survey of Americans' opinion on U.S. public education conducted for Phi Delta Kappan magazine. "The voucher question has been asked on opinion surveys regularly for the past 20 years," Savage noted. "This present data shows that the percent of Americans favoring government-funded vouchers to support parental choice in education has increased steadily."
 Strong Minority Support
 Support for government funding of parental choice of schools is strong among minority adults as well, the Gallup survey reveals. Seventy-six percent of black adults questioned about government support for parental choice indicated they favored such use of tax dollars, while 67 percent of Hispanic adults favor government support.
 "With the introduction of government funding for educational choice, low- and middle-income families who cannot afford to live in areas with the best public schools would have an opportunity to exercise a right the rich have always enjoyed -- choosing schools for their youngsters," said Dr. Robert Kealey, executive director of the Elementary Schools Department at NCEA.
 NCEA is the largest, private professional educational association in the world. Founded in 1904, NCEA represents more than 200,000 educators serving 7.6 million students in Catholic education at all levels, including preschool, elementary and secondary schools; colleges and universities; seminaries and religious education programs. NCEA is headquartered in Washington.
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 /NOTE: The Gallup Organization's Executive Summary of the survey, titled "The People's Poll on Schools and School Choice: A New Gallup Survey," is available./
 /CONTACT: Barbara Keebler, 202-337-6232 or, after hours, 202-337-5422, or Holly Pollinger, 301-279-5555, both for the National Catholic Educational Association/ CO: National Catholic Educational Association; The Gallup
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