See the source imageWatching from her home in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Clarice Schillinger wasn’t surprised when Glenn Youngkin — riding parents’ fears and frustrations with schools — won the Virginia governor’s race. She says she saw the writing on the wall.

“I hope that the race in Virginia really woke a lot of people up and said, OK, there is a groundswell of parents,” Schillinger said.

Tense school board meetings across the country illustrate the political divides playing out in public schools right now, from debates about the teaching of critical race theory to the enforcement of mask and vaccine mandates.

But beyond the weekly fireworks, and beyond Virginia, there’s a common thread tying many parents together: the feeling that they’ve been ignored.

A USA Today/Ipsos poll from early September found 55% of parents said their kids fell behind because of virtual learning during the coronavirus pandemic. And some of them blame the districts, teachers unions and politicians.