Latino and black parents think educators expect too little of their children, according to a survey, by The Leadership Conference Education Fund.
Both groups — but especially black parents — set a very high value on school safety, with school resources and high-quality teachers coming next in priority.
Both said family support made the most difference in students’ success in school, following by individual effort.
Ninety percent of Latinos and black parents said schools should hold low-income students to the same or higher standard as other students, reports Natalie Gross on Latino Ed Beat. “Some teachers have low expectations for low-income students of color – and parents know it.”
As in many school surveys, most parents liked their children’s schools, reports Education Week. However, 53 percent of African-American participants said schools nationally were doing a poor job preparing African-American children for the future. Only 28 percent of Latino respondents agreed.
Also, about one-third of African-American and one-quarter of Latino participants responded that schools “are not really trying” to educate African American and Latino students.
“Children of color” are the “new majority” in public schools, the Leadership Conference observes.