Keeping schools closed hurts minority, low-income children the most

Keeping schools closed hurts minority, low-income children the most


A study of San Francisco students found that students of color and low-income students have suffered the most as the school district has stuck to virtual learning amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Assessments of the San Francisco students’ math and reading abilities mirror other studies that raise concerns about disadvantaged students falling behind. School district data from fall 2020 showed that low-income students have fallen further behind that higher-income students, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The same disparity applied to Black, Latino and Asian students compared to White students, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Data also showed that Black and Latino students were more likely to be absent for 60 percent of class time or more, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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Similarly, a study of 18 California school districts published on Jan. 25 found that “certain student groups, especially low-income students and English language learners (ELLs), are falling behind more compared to others.”

“Most California schools have been physically closed since Spring 2020 and students in these groups have been doubly disadvantaged by

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