Kansas voters overwhelmingly support empowering families with increased educational opportunities for K-12 students

KANSAS CITY, KS., March 21, 2022 – A recent poll has found strong support among likely Kansas voters for allowing students to earn credits for outside-classroom learning experiences. The poll also indicates a majority of Kansas voters support allowing all students—regardless of zip code, income, or race—to access any public school they choose.

When asked if they supported or opposed empowering Kansas families by allowing students to get credit for learning outside of the classroom through organizations like 4-H or Boys & Girls Clubs, 72 percent of likely voters responded in the affirmative. 

“We know that some of the most valuable lessons we learn in life happen outside of the classroom,” said yes. every kid. Executive Director Andrew Clark. “Learning happens everywhere, and we should capture the valuable experience kids have when mastering new skills, no matter where the learning occurred.”

Sixty-seven percent of survey respondents agreed that students should be able to attend any public school they choose in the state regardless of where they live, their parents’ income, or their race.

“Geographic barriers prevent some of Kansas’ most vulnerable students from accessing higher-quality public schools due to their zip code,” said Stand Together Trust Senior Fellow, Education, Adam Peshek. “A student’s educational opportunities should not be limited by their family’s income or housing status.”

The poll, conducted by WPA Intelligence from March 11-13, 2022, had a sample size of n=521 with a margin of error of ±4.4 percent.

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