By John Fensterwald, EdSource, April 23, 2020
Buffeted by the coronavirus’ impact on their lives and on schools, Californians expressed worry about the spread of the pandemic and their personal finances, and parents in particular said they were concerned about school closures’ impact on their children’s ability to learn.
But in an annual voter survey by the Public Policy Institute of California, they also gave high marks to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s handling of K-12 education and to their school districts in how they have administered school shutdowns during the first few weeks of the pandemic.
The poll was taken from April 1 to April 9, three weeks into what will likely be at least a two- to three-month school shutdown, followed by a difficult process of reopening. Already, 58% of public school parents and 52% of all parents with children under 18, which includes students in private schools, said the closures pose a big problem or somewhat of a problem.