Welcoming Congress back

PAA sent the following fax to all US Senators and Representatives today:

 

Parent Voices Education Fax

September 6, 2017

Real Parent Voice – Real Parent Choice”

Results of Parents Across America’s National Parent Survey 2017

Dear Senator/Representative,

Welcome back! As your fall session begins and the new school year is underway across the U.S., Parents Across America wanted to share with you a summary of the results of our first national parent survey, “Real Parent Voice – Real Parent Choice.” Our goal was to hear directly from parents about what really matters to them in public education, and to share their voices with you and other policy making leaders.

584 people from more than 33 states responded to the July 2017 survey. Nearly all of them were current (68%) or former (27.5%) public school parents. Responses to our survey made it clear that there is little resemblance between what many parents think and want and the policies established at the federal and state levels. In fact, the responses confirmed our concern that too much of the current education policy making happens without any meaningful parent input, and often in complete opposition to parents’ priorities and concerns.

Parents’ top priorities and concerns according to PAA survey

Consistent with other national polls on education, the largest number of respondents to our survey said that adequate school funding was very important or important. Coming in a close second in importance was the need for programs beyond the so-called “core curriculum.” Yet many states and districts have cut school budgets, some drastically, over the past few years, and the current federal administration has proposed a 13% overall cut in federal school funding. A large percentage of respondents expressed concern that too much money was being directed towards privatization including charter schools and educational technology.

We recommend that Congress take a close look at its school funding priorities, and make sure that all schools have adequate resources to provide a high-quality education for all children. Funds directed toward such privatization efforts as expanded charter and online schools or vouchers would be better used by public schools, which are clearly accountable to the public, have an overall better track record, and are open to serve all children.

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