Civic Report
No. 37 June 2003

What Parents Think of New York’s Charter Schools



Zogby International conducted interviews of 300 parents of children in New York State charter schools, chosen at random from a list provided by the Manhattan Institute. All calls were made from Zogby International headquarters in Utica, N.Y., from Friday, January 10 to Saturday, January 11, 2003. The margin of error is +/- 5.8%. Margins of error are higher in sub-groups.

The list was comprised of phone numbers of parents with one or more children who attended a New York State charter school during the 2001-02 school year. Principals and chairs of each school’s board of trustees received multiple letters, emails, and telephone calls during the summer and fall of 2002. These communications explained the poll’s purpose and requested their school’s participation.

The Institute received lists of parental phone numbers from nineteen of the thirty-one charter schools enrolling students during 2001-02. Over 5600 students were enrolled at these schools, representing over 70% of the total charter school enrollment of about 7500 students. Participating schools were Bronx Prep; CNY Math & Science (Syracuse); Charter School for Science & Technology (Rochester); Community Partnership; King Center; Merrick Academy; New Covenant; Reisenbach; Roosevelt Children’s Academy; Sisulu Children’s Academy; South Buffalo; John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy; Ark Community; Beginning with Children; Charter School for Applied Technologies (Buffalo); Genesee Community; Carl Icahn; Stepping Stone Academy; and Tapestry.

Schools were asked to provide only parental phone numbers; parental names, children’s names, and addresses were not requested. Once these numbers were received, they were placed in one master list and all duplicate phone numbers were eliminated. Only this unduplicated master list was provided to Zogby International. Parents receiving calls were selected randomly from this list.

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