Parents like their kids' schools, survey shows

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About two-thirds of Pittsburgh Public Schools parents who responded would recommend their child's school, according to the district's 2012 parent survey released tonight.

Parents of more than 4,000 students responded to the mailed survey, which puts the response rate at about 15 percent, a few points higher than in recent years. The survey was taken in May and June.

Of those who answered, 56.7 percent are white and 31.3 black. According to figures on the district's website, the student body in the district is about 35 percent white and 55 percent black.

On the question of whether they would recommend their child's school, 35 percent strongly agreed and 34 percent agreed.

Parents were more likely to recommend the early childhood centers and K-5 schools, with 85 percent and 74 percent agreeing or strongly agreeing, respectively.

About two-thirds agreed or strongly agreed that all children are treated fairly and their child has the same opportunities as other children. However, white parents and parents of younger children scored their school higher on this measure.

Nearly a third said their child has complained of bullying, with the greatest response -- 44 percent -- coming from parents of children in grades 3-5. Those whose child complained of bullying were less likely to think there was fair treatment.

The district has prepared a tool kit on bullying for teachers and is in the process of preparing one for parents.

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Education writer Eleanor Chute: echute@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1955.


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