By 2016, around half of all Millennial women were moms, and each year more than one million more become mothers.  As the oldest edge of the Millennial generation – those born between 1981 and 1996 – enter their mid-thirties, many Millennials now have children“.   This introduction from the Walton Family Foundation-funded survey presented today at the Foundation for Excellence in Education’s National Summit on Education Reform provides a snapshot of how millennial parents view the K-12 schools their children attend.  Walton conducted a series of focus groups with Millennial parents from Orlando, FL; Minneapolis, MN and Richmond, VA.

The survey conveys socioeconomic status is a primary factor influencing views about public schools for millennials, as lower-income families are less likely to indicate they believe public schools are providing a good education to kids.  Parents in lower-income brackets also tend not to agree that the primary purpose of a good education is to prepare students for college or trade school, unless teaching children life skills, is included.

One Key Take Away of the Survey:

Millennial parents expect a lot out of their children’s schools, in part because the rise in two-income households has shifted what parents these days can do for their kids. Parents want the best for their kids but can’t do it all, placing high expectations on the schools where they send their children.