In an online poll conducted by the nonprofit Education Trust, 87% of 1,200 parents surveyed in April said they were concerned their children would lag academically due to school closures — ranking higher than any other concern in the survey.
At the same time, the survey found that 87% of parents thought their schools and districts handled the coronavirus well.
The survey also showed that minority and low-income parents had some of the greatest concerns about how well equipped they were to handle distance learning. Among the findings:
- Seven in 10 Latinx and Black parents worried they don't have the resources or supplies to help their kids stay academically on track.
- Four in 10 low-income families and three in 10 families of color were concerned about access to distance learning because they don’t have reliable internet access.
- Nearly one in four Latinx and one in 10 African American parents said they received little or no information about resources available from their schools and districts.
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