Boston, MA— A new poll released today by the National Parents Union found 84% of parents are concerned about how schools are addressing the threat of violence, and 59% say children experiencing increased bullying or violence in school is a major issue. Further, 52% say student mental health after coping with the pandemic is a major issue, as well.
The survey, which was conducted November 19-23, included 1,233 parents who are also registered voters.
The poll also asked the parents who responded that they were concerned about the threat of violence what exactly concerns them the most. The top three most pressing concerns are:
“These findings underscore the importance of the very thing we have been imploring school leaders across the country to do: listen to the parents in your community. It also reinforces the need for those running for office to take the concerns of parents very seriously or risk losing elections,” said Keri Rodrigues, co-founder and President of the National Parents Union. “Parents have very legitimate concerns about violence in schools, increased bullying, and a lack of mental health resources. Now, it is incumbent on schools to do something about these issues, especially given the federal funds available. It’s not rocket science. Rather than repaint a football field, first make sure that there are enough counselors to help students cope with mental health issues.”
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NPU PARENT/REGISTERED VOTER SURVEY
1,233 parents of K-12 students
Field Dates: November 19-23, 2021
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