About half of unionized teachers at elementary and middle schools believe academic performance of their students is mirrored in the growing differences in their parents’ incomes, according to a survey by Kyodo News.

Twelve percent of teachers polled said they “strongly believe” that widening gaps between students who do well and those who don’t stems from growing differences in parental incomes, while a further 36 percent said they “partly believe” this is the case.

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