New Poll: Parents Call For Dramatic Action To Address Systemic Racism And Inequality In Schools

Parents want school police officers to be less involved in disciplinary situations

June 12, 2020, New York, NY— More than half of all parents (54%) say schools should rely less on school police officers and move toward providing social emotional supports to address student needs with staff like counselors, psychologists, and social workers in disciplinary situations, according to a new poll released today by the National Parents Union. Just 35% of parents say schools should continue to rely on school police officers in the way they do now in disciplinary situations.


Parents also overwhelmingly say that requiring implicit racial bias training for teachers will be effective at improving racial equality in public schools. In determining the effectiveness of a variety of ways to address systemic racism and discrimination, parents said the following will be very/somewhat effective:

Requiring training for school administrators, teachers, and staff on cultural awareness and implicit racial bias (73%)

Providing trauma-informed school guidance and counselors (72%)

Introducing culturally-inclusive curriculum in all public schools (70%)

Increasing racial and ethnic diversity of school boards, administrators, teachers, and staff (65%)

Replacing suspensions and expulsions for behavioral issues with alternative disciplinary programs that keep students in school (65%)


63% of parents of color say they worry a lot or some about their children being impacted by racist comments or actions by other students

55% of parents of color say they worry a lot or some about their children being impacted by discriminatory or unjust police actions at school. Nearly the same amount (52%) worry about this happening in the community to their children

Nearly half (49%) worry about their children being impacted by racist comments or actions by staff at school

“The National Parents Union was created with the core belief that there should be liberation, justice, and equity in education for all children,” said Keri Rodrigues, Founder and President of the National Parents Union. “We believe education systems must be transformed to eradicate generational institutions of oppression. Families across the nation have taken to the streets crying out for an end to systemic racism — racism that is an act of violence against our children not just in criminal justice, but in education as well. The school to prison pipeline begins in the classroom. It ends with us.”

June 8-11, 2020 Survey of N=500 parents of public school students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade- Sampled from online web panel.

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