Boston, MA— Midterm campaign season is in full swing, academic recovery is in crisis, and the economy continues to sputter, especially for the working class. Against that backdrop, the National Parents Union released a nationwide survey of parents today to get their views on everything from economic challenges to student debt to education funding.
Follow the money… what money?
In March 2021, the U.S. Department of Education began distributing $122 billion in relief funds to schools to address challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what the poll found about whether schools are engaging parents regarding where that money is being spent:
Additionally, the poll found that 76% of parents support traditional per pupil funding being allocated to parents so they can send their child to whatever school best meets their needs, whether that’s a public, charter, or private school.
Keri Rodrigues, co-founder and president of the National Parents Union, summarized the findings, saying, “There is a sad irony to the fact that schools are flush with cash yet are still not spending it on helping students academically. While at the same time, parents are struggling to make ends meet wishing they could afford extracurricular activities for their children. This perfectly illustrates what American families are up against. While the chattering class clutched their pearls in shock when the Nation’s Report Card was released, Black and Brown families shouted from the rooftops ‘we told you so, you just didn’t want to listen’. We knew this education crisis was unfolding because we’ve been living it for decades. To the rest of the country, welcome to our reality.”
Snapshot of K-12 education
What to do about debt
Field Dates: August 25-28, 2022
1,026 parents of K-12 students
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ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARENTS UNION
The National Parents Union is a network of highly effective parent organizations and grassroots activists across the country that is united behind a set of common goals and principles to channel the power of parents. Our family advocates improve the quality of life for children across the United States and define the education conversation. https://nationalparentsunion.org/