Friday, December 13, 2019

Poor Black and Latino Communities Tend to Have Poorer Schools

In a report by The Journal, nearly three-quarters of African American parents believe that the education black children receive is of lesser quality than that received by their white counterparts. In fact, nine in ten surveyed believe white communities get more money than the schools in black, Latino or Hispanic neighborhoods; a statistic that was only at 83 percent in 2016.

When surveying Latinos, however, only 52 percent believe Latino students receive as good of an education as white students. Every six in ten Latino surveyed believes schools in Latino communities receive less funding than white communities.

The results came out of this year’s “New Education Majority Poll,” a survey run by the Leadership Conference Education Fund for the second year in a row. The Education Fund is a nonprofit that works on laws and policies to “promote and protect the civil and human rights of every person in the United States,” according to its website. The intent of the survey is to capture the beliefs of black and Latino people to understand their perspectives, aspirations and concerns about their children’s education and the education system.

The report’s authors determined that lack of funding and resources is the viewed as the biggest cause of racial disparities in education, as reported by 67 percent of black respondents, and 56 percent of Latino respondents. The report also indicated most parents in low-income areas would value directing funding to computers and other technology above increasing teacher pay to retain teachers of quality.

Respondents indicated the most important characteristic for being a “great school” as being “good teachers,” with the next closest choice being “general curriculum.” The survey overwhelmingly concluded that students today should be challenged more than they currently are.

The Journal