Commuting Concerns - EdChoice


  • Nov 17 2020

Commuting Concerns

By Drew Catt

The Commuting Concerns report examines the results of a nationwide survey on transportation and school choice. The survey collected responses from 1,419 parents with school-aged children throughout the United States before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study aims to uncover families’ school transportation experiences, their preferences and how the pandemic has affected their opinions on school transportation.

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In this report, you will learn:

  • 1

    Many private and charter schools don’t provide student transportation.

    More than half of private schools and about two out of five charter schools may not provide any transportation, which has big implications for educational choice programs.
  • 2

    Unsurprisingly, low-income families are more likely to rely on the school bus.

    Lower-income parents of all sectors were more likely than higher-income parents to say their child has ridden the bus to get to school.
  • 3

    Few families use public transportation to get their kids to school.

    Very few parents planned on their children utilizing public transportation to get to school in Fall 2019, with students who qualify for the federal free and reduced-price lunch program who attend charter (10%) and traditional public schools (11%) being the most likely to take public transportation to school.
  • 4

    A little more than half of parents would prefer their kids be at least partially in-person for school now.

    More than half of traditional public school parents (51%) and religious private school parents (55%) prefer all of their child’s classes to be held in a school building in Fall 2020.

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