New education poll aimed at minority parents - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

New education poll aimed at minority parents

Memphis, TN (WMC-TV) A study on southern states is revealing the results of a new poll aimed at minority parents - it focuses on the positives aspirations about their child's education versus the negative realities.

Results from New America Media showed initiatives such as "No Child Left Behind" and "Every child, ever day, college bound" do not represent realities for minority students.

The National Civil Rights Museum hosted the round table discussion about the results of four major findings in eight Southeast states on school quality.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation employed the poll including minority parents from Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky.  

Journalists, advocacy program directors and students came together as a panel of speakers - and analyzed on what is working and not working for communities of color.

"If we're asking teachers and students to fix society then we're asking too much," said Commercial Appeal columnist David Waters.

One major finding of the study - parents do not appear to understand the weakness of the education their children are receiving.

"They (parents) go and see this beautiful school with a wonderful playground, but in reality their children are not getting the education they need," said Latino Memphis director Mauricio Calvo.

From the Tennessee lottery scholarship funding to the on-going Shelby County and Memphis City school mergers, panelists agreed parents are disconnected.

"Students are experts on their own education and that's not being paid enough attention to," said Memphis City Schools student Paris Byrd.

"Students are experts on their own education and that's not being paid enough attention to" said Bridges representative and Memphis City Schools student Paris Byrd.

To learn more about the New Media America group and it's poll click here.

Powered by Frankly