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Parents across the country continue to be concerned about their children’s academic and social-emotional well-being. Some parents are sufficiently satisfied with their children’s school and are content with a return to a pre-pandemic normal. Other parents are sufficiently dissatisfied and have already made a change, whether between schools, to home-schooling, or with supplemental learning opportunities. In between is a third group of parents — those who are frustrated and have not yet made a change, but are looking to policymakers and education leaders for solutions.
New Solutions for Frustrated Parents: How Education Leaders Can Help offers four recommendations for policymakers and education leaders to address the discontent among parents as the 2021-22 school year comes to a close:
Work with parents to better understand their needs.
Increase the number of educational options available to families.
Inform families about educational options that could meet their children’s needs.
Reduce barriers to access.
By responding to parent needs, policymakers and education leaders can better support families and students in the upcoming school year and beyond.
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