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What Do Parents Think About Federal Covid Funding for K-12 education?

More than half (55 percent) of parents believe the $190 billion in federal covid-relief funding allocated to U.S. K-12 schools is an appropriate amount to address the education concerns arising from the pandemic, according to a recently released national survey by the Walton Family Foundation. The survey conducted April 2-11,2021, sampled 2,718 parents of children in grades K-12 and had a margin of error of +/- 1.9 percent.

Other results included:

Prefer Big Changes.  58 percent of respondents believe the new influx of federal funds opens the door to making “bold changes” in public education. Thirty-four percent of those surveyed believe “now is not the time to make major changes in public education” and believe, we should continue funding existing programs and get things back to normal.

$500 Grants Helpful.  Nearly two-thirds (66 percent) of parents surveyed believe if they were provided a one-time grant of $500 for their child, it would be either “extremely helpful” (33 percent) or “very helpful” (33 percent) to their academic success. Seventeen percent of parents believe the grant would be “somewhat” helpful.

Access survey results here.

Bob Luebke / Senior Fellow, Center for Effective Education | John Locke Foundation