With minority students now constituting a majority in the public schools, a new survey seeks to reveal the views of Black and Hispanic parents to policymakers, the Huffington Post reports.
The survey found that overall, Black parents see disparity in the education of Black and White children. Hispanics hold the same view about their children who attend low-income schools, according to the Post.
Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference Education Fund, the research wing of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, commented on the perceived disparity in his introduction to the survey:
“We cannot continue to sustain two separate and unequal education systems – one that educates White and middle-class children fairly well and one that absolutely fails children of color – and hope to maintain our status as the most powerful and diverse economy in the world.”
The survey found that 80 percent of Black parents and more than 60 percent of Hispanic parents believe schools in their communities receive fewer resources than schools in White and upper-income communities.
As the Huffington Post points out, a review by Rutgers University found that 14 states use funding formulas that allocate fewer resources to poor students.
The “new majority parents” said that school districts are doing their best, but about one-third of Blacks and a quarter of Hispanics doubt that the education system is really trying. Moreover, they want education officials to raise their expectation level for their children by challenging them more.
The survey was based on a sample of 400 Black and 400 Hispanic parents. It did not include Asian-American and Native-American parents because of limited resources.
SOURCE: Huffington Post | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty