Press Release: Parents Overwhelmingly Approve of Educators’ Work During Pandemic, National Polling Finds

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 7, 2020

DENVER – During National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8), Colorado educators are pleased to know that parents overwhelmingly approve of the job they are doing to transition from in-person instruction to distance learning and meet student needs during the coronavirus outbreak.

A National Education Association survey released April 30 found 88 percent of parents approve of how their children’s teachers are handling the coronavirus pandemic. They also overwhelmingly (81 percent) approve of school support staff, such as bus drivers and cafeteria workers. Educators received more support than parents showed for their governor (71 percent) and their mayor or local government (73 percent).

“These poll results are so encouraging. Educators in Colorado have admirably embraced a whole new way of teaching to deliver a quality distance learning experience to students and families in an incredibly short span of time. It’s wonderful to see our efforts haven’t gone unnoticed,” said Amie Baca-Oehlert, a high school counselor and president of the Colorado Education Association.

“Colorado legislators in particular need to see the deep appreciation parents have for educators at this moment and do everything in their power to keep budget cuts far away from the classroom,” Baca-Oehlert added.

When asked to rank the issues their children were experiencing during distance learning, many parents responded that their students missed seeing their teachers in person (45 percent), trailing only behind students who missed being with their classmates (55 percent). The parents and guardians polled also said they believe educators are working hard to communicate with them, to connect with students who don’t have internet access and to give students one-on-one assistance.

Click here for a survey summary from GBAO Strategies, which conducted the national survey from April 3-7 of 800 parents and guardians of school-aged children who attend a public school.

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