Latino Perspectives on K–12 Education & School Choice
By Paul DiPerna
The Latino Perspectives on K–12 Education & School Choice report is part of the larger Schooling in America (SIA) survey project. Paul DiPerna, who leads the SIA project, offers snapshots of the Latino community’s views on the direction of American K–12 education, various school choice reforms and policies, standardized testing, and the Common Core State Standards. This report also breaks down responses by demographic groups within the Latino community, to better understand how different segments of the community thinks about those issues.
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In this report, you will learn:
Education is a High Priority for LatinosAbout one in five Latinos name education as the country’s most important issue right now. The Latino community is more likely to say education is a top priority for the nation compared with the high-profile issue of immigration. We also break down differences in response rates based on location and age.
Preferences vs. RealityAs with Americans as a whole, many Latinos would prefer to send their children to private and charter schools. But preferences don’t match reality. The survey breaks down which types of schools Latinos would prefer, versus the types of schools their children actually attend.
Latinos Are More Likely to Support Reforms than the National AverageLatinos are overwhelmingly supportive of school vouchers, education savings accounts (ESAs), and tax-credit scholarships. Levels of support are significantly higher than what is observed of the national average.
Accountability OptionsLatinos are more likely than the national average to support charter schools. However, they don’t think that turning district schools into charters is the best government intervention triggered by low performance. Instead, they are more likely to say supplying vouchers to affected families is the best intervention.