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May 8, 2017

Survey Finds Black and Latino Families Continue to See Disparities in Education

On May 3, The Leadership Conference Education Fund and Anzalone Liszt Grove Research released the 2nd annual “New Education Majority” Poll. The poll explores how Black and Latino parents and families view the American education system’s success in educating their children.

The poll’s findings come at a critically important time for U.S. public education as states are currently developing education plans as part of their obligations under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). What’s clear about the process so far is that states are still not sufficiently responsive to the needs and desires of parents, families and communities of color.

Some of the key findings discussed include:

  1. Perceptions of racial disparities remain strong among new education majority parents and families, and in some cases, are even more pronounced than last year.
  2. New education majority parents and families continue to place a premium on high expectations and academic rigor for their children.
  3. The lack of funding for students of color is seen as the biggest cause of racial disparities in education, and racism has risen to become the second biggest driver among both African-American and Latino parents and families.
  4. Parents and family members of color whose child’s teachers are mostly White are more likely to believe schools are “not really trying” to educate students of color than those with mostly Black or mostly Latino teachers.

Some of the recommendations discussed include:

  1. Remedying longstanding disparities in resources between schools and districts with more Black and Latino children and those with more White children.
  2. Opening decision-making processes to Black and Latino families in ways that allow them to meaningfully participate so that their voices are heard, especially decisions regarding priorities and funding.
  3. Removing barriers to participation and success in advanced courses for Black and Latino children.
  4. Inventorying resource distribution in schools and districts, including strong teachers and rigorous courses, to ensure Black and Latino children have their fair share.
  5. Implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in a way that breaks down systemic barriers that have impeded Black and Latino children’s success and increases educational opportunity for all underserved children in the state.

The poll is available here.

Source:  Leadership Conference Education Fund

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