School Reopenings Beset by Racial Inequality

A decline in COVID-19 transmission rates means schools across the state are getting the green light to reopen. But in neighborhoods where rates of infection remain high, that isn’t an option. In that latter group are a number of areas where Latinos make up a disproportionately large percentage of the population

Districts such as Santa Ana and San Diego County’s National Elementary are still heavily impacted by the virus and will not be able to reopen schools soon. Likewise, Los Angeles County schools are expected to remain closed at least until November. The predominately white Capistrano Unified School District, however, is poised to resume classes on September 28. Orange County is expected to meet requirements on Sept. 22.

That means neighborhoods where distance learning is more difficult, thanks to a lack of internet access and computer equipment, will have to do distance learning longer.

“The same children whose educations were most disrupted and learning interrupted from March to June are now least likely to have the face-to-face interactions and personalized supports they need to regain lost ground,” wrote economist Emma García in a recent report about the inequities of COVID-19 in U.S. education policy. Read the report from the Economic Policy Institute here


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