The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice

Advancing Milton and Rose D. Friedman's Vision of School Choice for All Children

Rhode Island K-12 and School Choice Survey

Released: 10/29/2013

Author(s): Paul DiPerna

The “Rhode Island K-12 & School Choice Survey” project, commissioned by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and conducted by Braun Research, Inc. (BRI), measures Rhode Island registered voters’ familiarity and views on a range of K-12 education topics and school choice reforms. We report response levels and differences of voter opinion, as well as the intensity of those responses.  

Where do Rhode Islanders stand on important issues and policy proposals in K-12 education? We try to provide some brief observations and insights in this paper.  
A randomly selected and statistically representative sample of Rhode Island voters responded to 20 substantive questions and 11 demographic questions. A total of 602 telephone interviews were conducted in English from June 24 to July 8, 2013, by means of both landline and cell phone. Statistical results have been weighted to correct for known demographic discrepancies. The margin of sampling error for the statewide sample is ± 4.0 percentage points. 
Our polling paper has four sections. The first section summarizes key findings. We call the second section “Survey Snapshots,” which offers charts highlighting the core findings of the project. The third section describes the survey’s methodology, summarizes response statistics, and presents additional technical information on call dispositions for landline and cell phone interviews. The fourth section displays the survey questions and results (“topline numbers”), allowing the reader to follow the interview as it was conducted, with respect to question wording and ordering.


Tax Credits for Contributions to Scholarship Organizations

Enacted 2006 • Launched 2007

Rhode Island provides a credit on corporate income taxes for donations to Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs), nonprofits that provide private school scholarships. Tax credits are worth 75 percent of the contribution, or 90 percent if donated for two consecutive years and the second year’s donation is worth at least 80 percent of the first year’s donation. The total amount of tax credits is capped at $1.5 million. Each corporate donor can receive only $100,000 in tax credits each year, and cannot use surplus donations in one year to generate tax credits in future years.


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