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Polling spotlight: Missouri parents support policies that give families more control over education

It’s been 10 months since the coronavirus upended our education system and sent millions of children home for remote learning. How are parents in Missouri feeling about this significant disruption to education?

New polling from Cor Services Inc. shows a growing dissatisfaction among Missouri parents with their child’s education and learning experiences during the pandemic.

Before the pandemic hit, 93.3% of Missouri parents felt their child was ahead or on target academically. Now, halfway through the 2020-2021 school year, that number has decreased to 62.8%, with 37.2% of parents feeling like their child is behind academically.

In fact, 18.5% of parents would move their child to a private school if they could change their child’s educational environment for the remainder of the school year, while 15% would homeschool.

In addition, a majority of Missouri parents support giving a portion of the state’s per student funding to families to use for home, virtual, or private education.

See below for more insight on Missouri parents’ attitudes towards education during the pandemic.

About this polling

Results for this poll are based on automated telephone interviews conducted among a statewide sample of 510 likely voters with school-aged children. The surveys were conducted December 2-10, 2020. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4.34 percentage points.

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Policy Issues: K-12 Education
States: Missouri
Organization: State Policy Network