About one in four children in the U.S. today is Hispanic, and Latino children are one of the fastest growing demographics in the country, according to recent reports.
As part of our 2015 Schooling in America Survey, we oversampled Latinos in an effort to better understand where this important community stands on education policies. How do Latinos rank education in importance compared to economy and jobs, immigration, or healthcare? What do they think about school choice?
For answers, visit our full Latino Perspectives on K–12 Education & School Choice report, or click through the slides below for a summary of the survey’s top findings:
Compelling data you will find in this report:
- Latinos are less likely to be pessimistic about the overall direction of K–12 education in America today, but they’re more likely to support many school reforms.
- Latinos have an even stronger preference for sending their children to private schools, but they are less likely than the general population to actually send their children to private schools.
- Latinos strongly favor charter schools—much more so than the national average. However, they see vouchers, not charter schools, as the better option for government intervention in “low-performing” schools.
- Latinos favor school vouchers, education savings accounts, and tax-credit scholarships at higher and more intense levels than the national average.
- Latinos are less likely than the average American to believe students spend too much time on standardized testing.
- Latinos are more likely to favor Common Core State Standards than the general population.
- Latinos are more likely than the general population to support teachers’ unions and to vote based on teachers’ union endorsements, yet, at the same time, strongly supporting education reforms that teachers’ unions actively fight against.
The Latino Perspectives on K–12 Education & School Choice survey is part of the larger Schooling in America annual project, commissioned by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and conducted by Braun Research, Inc. (BRI). For more information on public opinions, methodology, and more, please download the full report on our website at edchoice.org/LatinoSurvey2015.
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