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One-in-25 students didn't participate at all in online classes. That's 137,000 children who lost learning.
As coronavirus infections spike, states are reassessing or putting back-to-school plans on hold. Connecticut, however, is moving forward.
Schools are planning the all-virtual experience for students who stay home for medical or other reasons.
The reopening plan is contingent on COVID-19 infection rates remaining stable, the governor said.
Miguel Cardona, the state's first Hispanic education commissioner, says the state isn't doing a good enough job educating English learners.
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Connecticut is one of the most racially segregated states in the country, both geographically and economically. Unlike most states, property taxes fund almost all our local costs – particularly our schools. That means that towns with greater poverty must raise their taxes to extraordinary rates to cover basic services, and that vast educational inequities, even in neighboring towns, go unaddressed.
What manager would make a public deal to protect someone who steals, participates in domestic violence, discrimination, sexual harassment, excessive force and a host of other nasty actions that betray the public trust? Precious few. But right now, these backroom deals are crafted every day – on the taxpayer’s dime. And it’s time for it to stop.
Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity had a grip on Connecticut. In 2018, the DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey found that 13 percent of Connecticut adults had not had enough money to buy food at some point within the last year. Adults living in households with children were even more likely to report not having enough money for food.
When COVID-19 closed Connecticut schools, students in affluent and predominantly white districts transitioned effectively to e-learning within days, while students in low-income, immigrant, and predominantly Black and brown districts missed weeks of educational instruction. Racism and white supremacy --manifesting in racially segregated schools in our state-- have created this system of glaring inequity.
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