On average, teachers say they spend about 20% of class time helping students with problems they face outside the classroom.
Communities In Schools and Public Opinion Strategies completed a national poll of 700 teachers. The poll was done from May 8-12 and has a margin of error of +\- of 3.7%. This poll is among the largest and most in-depth examination of issues facing teachers, from the teacher viewpoint. The key findings demonstrate that poverty and the manifestations of poverty are a critical impediment to education. In addition to the student impact, we have learned that teachers spend considerable amounts of time and personal resources to address these impediments. Teachers are also nearly unanimous in their preferred solution to addressing these challenges: a dedicated person to work with these students and their families. Read more about the findings from the poll here.