Study: Obama win inspired black parents

Aug. 6, 2009 at 11:32 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Black U.S. residents with kids in K-12 schools were more likely to be school volunteers after U.S. President Barack Obama's electoral victory, a study says.

USA Today said Thursday a recent GreatSchools study found 60 percent of black parents surveyed nationwide insisted they would volunteer at their child's K-12 school, compared with a 2008 finding of 23 percent.

The percentage jump among black U.S. parents in the wake of the election of Obama was significantly higher than the increase among white parents. The study found 53 percent of surveyed white parents said they would be school volunteers, a 6 percent increase from 2008's 47 percent.

"Clearly, this data is showing that the parent in chief, President Obama, is having an impact on parents' thinking, especially African-American parents' thinking," GreatSchools CEO Bill Jackson said of the study findings.

The online study involving 1,086 parents had an overall margin of error of 3.1 percent and a 12.7 percent margin of error among black respondents. USA Today said the new findings regarding the black respondents were outside the margin of error.

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