National News
August 27, 2009

New poll shows N.O. voters like changes in city's school system

By Gordon Russell, The Arizona Republic

A new survey by the Council for a Better Louisiana shows that, by a wide margin, New Orleanians would prefer to keep public schools under the umbrella of the Recovery School District rather than return them to the control of the Orleans Parish School Board.

The group says 74 percent of those polled said they hope leaders continue with the changes they've made in the school system. Asked who they trusted to run the schools more, 66 percent said the state-run Recovery School District, while 13 percent said they trusted the local board more.

The survey also showed strong support for the system's move to charter schools, with 74 percent saying they support charter schools and 62 percent saying they would support converting more schools to charters. Already, more than half the city's public school are charters.

The poll also found that New Orleanians feel better about hurricane preparedness and civic engagement than they did before Katrina. But they remain pessimistic about crime, corruption and access to health care.

The poll, conducted Aug. 6-11, surveyed 500 registered voters, 59 percent of them African-American and 39 percent of them white. It has a margin of error of 4.5 percent.

The poll's results are being presented in a news conference this morning. Check for further updates.

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