AT A RECENT press briefing, Massachusetts education commissioner Jeff Riley observed that the crisis of COVID-19 school closures is also “an amazing opportunity to think differently about how we educate our kids.” We couldn’t agree more. Let’s use this chance to make schools more equitable. Let’s build a “campus without walls” where all students – regardless of zip code, race, or class – engage with and learn from top teachers, universities, business, and community-based organizations across the state.
Sudden school closures have exacerbated the inequities that plague our current education system. While the lives of all students, parents, and educators have been upended by the closures, their challenges look vastly different from community to community. Some private schools and wealthier suburban districts shifted to virtual learning almost overnight with live synchronous instruction, daily class schedules, office hours, and even virtual enrichment activities.
Article Written by AYELE SHAKUR and CHAD D’ENTREMONT
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