Minority and low-income parents are more likely to see serious problems in their schools than affluent or white parents.
As parents all over the country get ready to send their children off to school this fall, a new poll shows that the nation's views of the education system is divided by race and income.
Minority and low-income parents are seeing more serious problems with the schools their children attend — such as bullying, low parental involvement, low test scores, low expectations and out-of-date textbooks — than affluent or white parents, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research Poll.
Associated Press reports:
Digging into these numbers reveals another wide gap based on race. Fifty-four percent of Hispanic parents and 50 percent of black parents think they have a great deal or a lot of influence over their child's education. Only 34 percent of white parents share this view.
When asking about school funding, artistic programs and technology, racial identities divided perceptions.
Sixty-one percent of black parents saw inequality in school funding as a problem, compared with 32 percent of white parents. Thirty-six percent of black parents saw insufficient opportunities for musical or artistic pursuits, but just 21 percent of white parents did. And 50 percent of Hispanic parents said a lack of computers and technology was a problem, while 34 percent of black parents and just 16 percent of white parents said the same.
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