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It's increasingly clear that the pandemic is taking its worst educational toll on Black, Hispanic, low-income & English-learner children, & students with disabilities.
I'm threading evidence here. I'll start with a heartbreaking teacher email I received that helps explain why:
More warning signs of how online school is driving a crisis for vulnerable students nationwide:
In Conn., attendance is down for Black, Latino, English-learner & low-income students, as well as students with disabilities. Worse dips in poorest areas. https://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-news-connecticut-school-attendance-20201127-6dqpvzlrcneevccedzxw2fvr7q-story.html
Not a single 2nd grader at this school started the academic year reading on grade level. Zalaunshae fared better than most. She hadnt lost skills since March, but she also didn't gain any. She started 6 months behind.
Now, she's learning to read on Zoom. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/learning-to-read-on-zoom/2020/12/01/50718514-2b78-11eb-9b14-ad872157ebc9_story.html
Brutal proof of costs of online learning at a D.C. school that is 97% Black, 70% public assistance, 13% homeless, from @PerryStein:
In one class, "All 45 second-graders fell behind. Not a single student started the academic year reading on grade level." https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/learning-to-read-on-zoom/2020/12/01/50718514-2b78-11eb-9b14-ad872157ebc9_story.html
"After an initial review of the new Emergency Order from @EducationFL, the @FloridaEA is optimistic that the order offers our public schools a much-needed measure of reassurance for the new year."
How are @MDCPS and @browardschools re-engaging chronically absent students? House calls by social workers. We take you along at 4/6/7 on @nbc6.
Online learning in schools is option, helping struggling students a priority in new order https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article247502385.html
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