New Poll Finds Parents and Teachers Divided in How They're Thinking About Distance Learning and Digital Learning Tools

prnewswire | August 27, 2020

As the majority of the nation's largest school districts are starting the school year off virtually, a new NewSchools Venture Fund-Gallup poll examines how students, parents and teachers are thinking about distance learning, education technology and equity. Building off of a pre-pandemic poll partnership with Gallup, NewSchools commissioned the new survey to provide key insights as school leaders navigate budget constraints, technology access issues, and health and safety concerns. The survey finds gaps and mismatches in expectations that threaten educational equity and present challenges schools will need to overcome in order to support student success.

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