A year after the coronavirus pandemic closed classrooms across the country and around the world, a new NPR / Ipsos poll found U.S. parents are cautiously optimistic about their children’s academic and social development.

62% of parents say that their child’s education was disrupted. And more than 4 out of 5 would like schools to offer targeted additional services to help their children catch up. This includes just over half of the parents who support the idea of ​​the summer school. WBGO-based reporter and father James Frazier learned more about what parents and students experienced while learning from distance.

This role is part of the Newark News and Story Collaborative made possible by grants from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Victoria Foundation.

The Newark News and Story Collaborative, led by WBGO community engagement reporter Brit Harley, is committed to improving community-driven storytelling to fill information gaps in local and national media.

The collaborative trains community members in storytelling, media creation, and other creative art forms to share and expand their experiences. It lays the foundation for a collaborative network that will eliminate long-standing information inequalities in Newark, New Jersey. Please visit newarkstories.com for more information.