the Latino Parents’ Concerns
A NEW SURVEY RELEASED BY UNIDOS/US AND THE NATIONAL PARENTS UNION HAS REVEALED CONCERNS
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UnidosUS and the National Parents Union recently partnered to release a new Latino parent poll during the 2023 Annual Conference in Chicago to gauge their biggest concerns.
It found that Latino parents want issues including economy, gun violence, crime and public safety, and education to be at the forefront of importance for American politicians and policymakers.
They also strongly support bilingual education, culturally reflective educators, and schools and are not interested in political tactics such as book banning in Florida. Latino parents said they trust Democrats more than twice as much as they do Republicans on issues like education and that both parties have work to do with Latino parents to build trust.
“Latino parents are making it clear to school leaders and policymakers that they must do more to support students in their journeys toward a brighter future,” said Keri Rodrigues, co-founder and President of the National Parents Union.
She suggested offering more career-oriented classes, further investment in mental health resources, and prioritizing funding for low-income families so they can access additional academic support.
“There’s no more guessing where Latino parents stand in these key issues – now it’s time to act.”
Many More Findings
Other findings include Latino parents, regardless of party identification or income, overwhelmingly support a number of federal actions, that including:
92% support free lunch for all K-12 public school students
88% support funding for low-income students graduating from high school to receive one free year of college classes or career training
86% support funding directly to families to help them pay for additional academic support
84% support reinstating the Child Tax Credit to give families monthly checks of $300 per child under the age of six and $250 per child age six or older
84% support funding directly to families of public school students to help them pay for additional mental health support for their children (e.g., counseling outside of school)
Need for an Overhaul
61% of Latino parents said they want big changes or a complete overhaul of the nation’s education system with 64% saying that their children’s schools should be doing more to help students who fell behind during the COVID-19 pandemic with tutoring, after-school and summer programs. And over 55% said schools need to do more to support students’ mental health.
The poll also found parents strongly value cultural competency, a representative teacher core, and dual language programs.
“As parents around the country get ready to send their children back to school, this poll shows that Latino parents are focused on real pressing issues that impact their children’s development and learning,” said Eric Rodriguez, UnidosUS Senior Vice President of Policy and Advocacy.
“They want and expect policymakers from all parties to pay attention and prioritize the needs of Latino students and their families,” he added.