California Parent Poll

New Poll Shows California Parents of Color Overwhelmingly Say Improving K-12 Education is Top Priority for Next Governor

California’s next Governor will need to take swift action to show parents of color how he or she will improve the state’s K-12 education system and access to college, according to a new poll of racially and economically diverse parents whose children attend public schools throughout California. The poll, conducted by Goodwin Simon for The Education Trust—West (ETW) and UnidosUS found that improving public schools ranked higher than expanding access to health care and addressing the lack of affordable housing on a list of priorities for the state’s next governor.

  • About 9 out of 10 Latino, Black, and Asian Pacific Islander parents say improving K-12 education should be a high priority for the next governor to address, with more than half saying it should be an extremely high priority
  • Roughly 3 out of 4 Black parents say improving K-12 education is an extremely high priority
  • Roughly 2 out of 3 Latino parents say improving K-12 education is an extremely high priority
  • More than half of Asian Pacific Islander parents say improving K-12 education is an extremely high priority
  • Half of Latino parents, and just under half of Black and Asian Pacific Islander parents, say K-12 schools are headed in the right direction
  • Half of Latino parents, and more than half of Black and Asian Pacific Islander parents, are unsure or think K-12 schools are on the wrong track
  • 9 out of 10 Black or Latino parents say they are likely to offer feedback to their child’s school
  • 8 out of 10 Asian Pacific Islander parents say they are likely to offer feedback to their child’s school
  • 9 out of 10 Black and Latino parents and 7 out of 10 Asian Pacific Islander parents feel comfortable pushing their child’s school to make changes
  • Just over half of Black and Latino parents, and just 1 out of 3 Asian Pacific Islander parents think it’s very possible for parents to make a difference in improving school performance
  • 8 out of 10 Black, Latino, and Asian Pacific Islander parents think it is very or somewhat possible to make a difference in improving school performance
  • Parents strongly support students graduating from high school being able to speak more than one language, with more than half of Asian Pacific Islander parents, 2 out of 3 Black parents, and 3 out of 4 Latino parents saying this is very valuable
  • 9 out of 10 Black, Latino, and Asian Pacific Islander parents say it is very or fairly valuable for students to graduate from high school being able to speak more than one language
  • 2 out of 3 of Black, Latino, and Asian Pacific Islander parents think their child’s school values being able to speak more than one language
  • 1 out of 3 of these parents think their child’s school values this little, not at all, or are unsure how much their child’s school values multilingualism.
  • 8 out of 10 Black, Latino, and Asian Pacific Islander parents agree that schools should value the home language and culture of every child
  • 8 out of 10 Black, Latino, and Asian Pacific Islander parents agree every teacher should be trained to meet the needs of English Learners
  • Nearly all Black, Latino, Asian Pacific Islander parents agree that students should acquire the language, knowledge, and skills they need to thrive in college, careers, and the 21st century world