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What would California education look like if parents listened more? – Orange County Register

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August is an exciting time for families to shop for the new school year, schedule new classes, and plan the first day of school. Unfortunately, as we look to the next year, we find that most parents are frustrated, anxious, and disillusioned with the post-pandemic public education system.

According to a new statewide survey on public education, most parents want more diversity in their public school choices, plus greater change and impact in their children’s education.

As president and CEO of California’s leading charter public school advocacy group, I’ve heard heartfelt stories from parents disillusioned with today’s public education and exploring new possibilities.

In Los Angeles, parents are seeking to transfer school districts, believing that school closures have lost school days and that their children are one or two grades behind in reading and writing.

In San Bernardino, Spanish-speaking families struggling with the educational inequalities exposed by the pandemic are exploring new homeschool programs and non-classroom-based schools.

In Orange County, I answered countless questions from families eager to change and transfer to a charter public school. As a result, charter school enrollment in the region increased by 7% compared to last year, making him one of the largest increases. in California.

What I witnessed as a local pocket of disillusionment is now the norm across the state.

New poll commissioned by the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) and conducted by Goodwin Simon Strategic Research finds nearly 6 in 10 parents believe public education in California needs a ‘significant change’ in the wake of the pandemic I answered that I am. About 65% of parents say they have too little influence over public schools in California, and 72% of parents say they should have more choice in public schools.

We observe that parents are more open to chartering public schools for their children’s education. Parents support charter public schools at 70%, an increase of 14 points from last year. Sixty-four percent of parents said they would consider sending their child to charter school, including 76% of Spanish-speaking parents.

This support for charters continues to grow in communities across the state. In Los Angeles County, charter public support for his charter school increased to 52% this year, up 8 percentage points from 2020.

Polls show parents want to see urgency, individualization, responsiveness and results. This is what many believe public schools have delivered, even in the darkest times of the pandemic. A 2022 report by Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes found that charter schools in California are rapidly transitioning to online learning, realigning staff roles to help students continue their education, and improving the 2020-21 academic year. I found that I was able to prepare myself for School year.

Charter public schools are not meant to replace traditional public schools, but rather to innovate and strengthen our collective work by providing additional public school opportunities to meet the needs of families over the last 30 years. was established before. They are tailored to the variety of interests and diverse teaching methods necessary to meet the needs of students as diverse as our state, regardless of the child’s race, income, or zip code. increase.