All-member survey results


Working conditions survey

Education Minnesota asked educators to share their thoughts and concerns about working conditions in their districts so far this school year. More than 9,700 members responded to our all-member survey and said they're feeling stressed, overwhelmed and worried about their physical and mental health.

Alarmingly, 29 percent of those surveyed between Sept. 23 and Oct. 5 said they were actively considering leaving the profession.

Of the members who responded to the survey, educators providing hybrid or multimodal education reported the highest levels of negative feelings about their jobs. Multimodal educators are simultaneously providing lessons to students online while teaching in-person to students in their classrooms. Educators providing hybrid education typically do both modes, but not at the same time.

Customized results of the data below for your local can be made available. Ask your local president or Education Minnesota field representative.

Return to school survey

Education Minnesota asked educators to share their thoughts about the best way to resume public education during the COVID-19 crisis, and more than 20,500 responded from July 16-20.

The most frequently chosen option was to continue distance learning with 49 percent of respondents, while 29 percent of educators preferred a hybrid of distance and in-person learning. Seventeen percent of educators supported full-time, in-person classes this fall.

Nearly every educator who took the survey agreed that any return to our worksites must include big changes to how we teach, interact with our students, keep our buildings clean and even arrange our workspaces. Even with those changes, 58 percent of educators in the survey said they weren’t comfortable physically returning. 

The survey makes clear the racial inequalities that run through public education are present in this decision, too. Educators of color are even more reluctant to return to in-person learning than educators as a whole, likely because of the extra risk the virus poses to Black, brown and Indigenous communities.  

Because it’s important for us to know how our colleagues see these issues, Education Minnesota has made the survey data available to members below.

1. How should education take place in the fall?


2. How important are the following when it comes to reopening school data?

3. How comfortable are you in returning to school if all reopening safety standards are met?

4. If you are very comfortable or somewhat comfortable about returning to school, why do you feel that way? Check all that apply. (Skip if you answered somewhat uncomfortable or very uncomfortable)

5. If you are somewhat uncomfortable or very uncomfortable about returning to a school, what are your concerns? Check all that apply. (Skip if you answered very comfortable or somewhat comfortable)

6. How has your school district engaged staff about reopening schools?

7. What is the likelihood the following barriers may prevent your in-person return to work?