Students of color now constitute the majority of students in public schools. And yet, a new survey suggests that the parents of these students have little trust that the public education system serves their students. The survey interviewed 400 African-American and 400 Latino parents from a range of incomes on their opinions of the public education system. Some results:
Over 80 percent of African-American parents and over 60 percent of Latino parents believed the public schools in their communities don’t receive the same levels of funding as public schools in white communities (Though there’s little data about racial communities, it’s a fact that low-income communities receive less school funding: 14 states have school funding formulas that direct less funding to school districts with low-income students).
A third of Black parents and a quarter of Latino parents don’t believe that public schools in the United States are truly trying to educate students from their communities.
Read the full article in the Huffington Post here.