Rep. Vargas Serves as Panelist Discussing Parents’ Views on State of Education

State Rep. Andy X. Vargas. (Courtesy photograph.)

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Haverhill Rep. Andy X. Vargas is among those participating in a panel Wednesday on “The State of Education in the Commonwealth: A Community Perspective.”

The event, taking place in-person at Suffolk University or online, reviews the findings of a poll of parents of Massachusetts students enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade. MassINC Polling Group’s President, Steve Koczela highlights the perspectives of more than 1,500 parents on their children’s educational experiences this school year, including how they think students are doing academically, their satisfaction with available resources and supports, school safety and security concerns and more.

“The eighth in its series, this statewide poll sponsored by The Barr Foundation comes at a pivotal time as state and local leaders across the state continue to discuss the necessary support and resources to help students recover academically and emotionally from the COVID-19 pandemic,” organizers said.

Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll is also expected to offer her reactions to poll results presented by MassINC Polling Group, The Education Trust and the Barr Foundation.

Besides Vargas, the panel led by Chanthy Lopes, assistant director for engagement & communication of the Education Trust, includes Leon Smith, executive director of Citizens for Juvenile Justice; Keri Rodrigues, co-founder and president of the National Parents Union; and Richard Carter, father of a Taunton Public Schools’ child.

It takes place Wednesday, May 24, from 9-10:30 a.m., at Suffolk University, Sargent Hall, The Commons Room 5320, fifth Floor 120 Tremont St., Boston. Those who wish to view online may register here.

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