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Backers of a plan to vastly expand the number of charter schools in Los Angeles released poll results today that they claim show overwhelming public support for such an expansion.

The poll of 1,150 Los Angeles voters — commissioned by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and California Charter School Association — found that 74 percent of voters within the Los Angeles Unified School District support the expansion of charter schools in neighborhoods where existing schools are struggling.

It also found that 69 percent of pool respondents want more charter schools in their own neighborhoods, while 88 percent support giving students in an area with an under-performing school the choice of attending a “higher- performing” school.

“These results make it clear that residents throughout Los Angeles are eager to expand opportunity for students, regardless of whether it comes from charter, magnet or traditional public schools,” said Gregory McGinty, co- executive director of The Broad Foundation. “The Broad Foundation is committed to working with Los Angeles families to improve public educational opportunities for all students.”

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