Look at this:
National Poll: 40% of Families More Likely to Homeschool After Lockdowns End
May 14, 2020
A RealClear Opinion Research survey of 2,122 registered voters shows that support for educational choice is strong, and that a significant portion of parents are more likely to pursue homeschooling opportunities after the lockdowns end. The results show that 40% of families are more likely to homeschool or virtual school after lockdowns, and that 64% support school choice and 69% support the federal Education Freedom Scholarships proposal.
More school choice polling can be found at www.SchoolChoicePolling.com
Statement from John Schilling, President of the American Federation of Children:
“Every single family with kids in school has been incredibly disrupted by the lockdowns. With 55 million students no longer in their normal educational setting, families are clearly considering new options and many are seeing the benefits of homeschooling and virtual schooling. Policymakers should note that there is a strong desire to have these and other educational options available to families, with both strong support for the general concept of school choice and even stronger support for a specific federal proposal, Education Freedom Scholarships.
“This is the time for leadership and for desperately needed bold reforms to be implemented across our K-12 education system. Millions of families are seeing the inadequacies of school districts that are too inflexible. We owe it to our nation’s families and students to give them more flexibility and additional educational options. Moreover, policymakers owe it to the taxpayers who are footing the $800 billion K-12 education bill to maximize their investment by ensuring every child has access to a quality education and outcomes are improved across the board.”
Maybe this will be one of the benefits of the lockdown. While Republicans are 72% in favor of school choice, now even Democrats are at 59%. Blacks edge whites in favor of it.
And yet the Shelby County School Board just approved a $1.3 BILLION budget in a city that can’t afford most simple services.
From the Daily Memphian:
“Shelby County Schools unanimously approved a $1.37 billion operating budget Monday that includes a last-minute addition by school board members to restore $560,000 to expand the freshman academy program.
“Board members also approved a $65 million capital improvement budget — more than double the $25 million that the county mayor has proposed for school building needs.
“’We’ve got significant needs,’ said board member Billy Orgel, which includes more money for gymnasiums, new roofs, and heating and air conditioning upgrades. ‘And I know that our brothers and sisters out in the county at the (suburban) municipal systems, who we work with closely, also have the same needs for their aging facilities.’
“The operating budget includes a 1% pay raise for teachers and additional dollars to expand some district initiatives and purchase textbooks. It also relies on spending $5 million from its reserves, which is half of the $10 million it budgeted to spend this year, and significantly less than the $49 million it spent from its reserves in 2018-19.”
That’s an enormous amount of money. What do we get for it? Kids who can’t read, employees who can’t do simple math and a job pool unprepared for most industries.
Could it be it’s time to rethink how we educate children?