Hispanic Parents Want More Choices for School
Hispanic parents, like other parents, have concerns about sending their kids back to school. According to a poll by Latino Decisions, a firm founded by a Biden campaign operative, 59 percent of Hispanic households are “very concerned” that their kids could be exposed to the coronavirus at school; 52 percent expect to have technical troubles with online learning, 34 percent do not have access to high-speed Wi-Fi, and 36 percent “do not have anyone who can stay home” to supervise their children’s online classes.
Although the data points to real difficulties for Hispanic families, the firm’s proposed solution amounts to the usual big-government formulas that can exacerbate problems instead of solving them. Angela Gutierrez, an analyst at Latino Decisions, writes that the survey shows the need for more federal and state school funding, “so that students and teachers can make the most out of teaching and learning in this unique situation.”
Just as higher health care spending per capita has not always translated into a better response to the pandemic, higher spending in education does not necessarily mean better results. According to the Reason Foundation’s Corey D’Angelis, the U.S. spends $15,424 per child in the school system every year. Injecting more money into centralized school bureaucracies won’t do much in itself to help working Hispanic parents who can’t watch over their kids as they learn from home, or who can’t afford the technological costs of remote schooling. But funding the families directly and letting them choose the schools their children attend could be a game changer.
Private and charter schools have adapted better to distance learning during the pandemic than their district-run counterparts, the data suggests. A survey by Ipsos Public Affairs found that, in terms of the introduction of new content, parent satisfaction, and weekly contac
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