The first two blogs in this series (here and here) talked about two independent polls that indicate a lot of parents are considering not sending their children back to public schools even if those schools are reopened in the fall. The big surprise, parents in a surprisingly large proportion, somewhere around 40%, are seriously considering homeschooling from this point on regardless of whether fears about the COVID-19 virus are ever put to bed or not.
Still, while those polls were conducted by independent polling organizations, those early polls were sponsored by pro-school-choice groups, and some might wonder if that could lead to biases in the surveys.
So, the announcement that USA Today had recently sponsored yet another survey of teachers and parents caught my attention. Would the USA Today numbers support the earlier polls?
The quick answer is the USA Today poll responses are not that different from the earlier poll results.
And, aside from a notable number of students not coming back, a good number of teachers might not come back, either.
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