Poll shows racial and income disparities in distance learning in NJ
AmNews Staff Reports | 11/26/2020, midnight
The results of a new poll by the New Jersey Children’s Foundation revealed that not only do families want a better remote education experience but that there are stark racial and income disparities when it comes to access to the additional learning help students need.
According to the poll, only 42% of parents rate the experience as very successful. The statewide survey also found wide gaps in the educational opportunities afforded to low-income, Black and Latino students during the pandemic, as well as disparity in economic security faced by these families as a result of the massive shift to remote learning.
“Parents are clearly asking for more from their schools. Public education is neither free nor constitutionally adequate if New Jersey parents don’t have equitable access to the technology, internet service, food and extra support programs necessary for their students to be successful,” said Kyle Rosenkrans, executive director of the New Jersey Children’s Foundation.
Among the key findings in the poll, Black and low-income parents are more likely to say that their child is fully remote learning, financial and work insecurity are top concerns, and they want additional support that they aren’t currently receiving.
“Just as we saw in the spring, we continue to see many Black and Brown students experiencing significant learning loss,” said New Jersey’s State Conference of the NAACP President Richard Smith. “There is no doubt our academic response to COVID has exacerbated too many students’ academic achievement gap in our communities.”