That’s been the quiet reality on the ground as schools across Pennsylvania deal with a pandemic that has created revenue shortfalls, budget gaps, increased cleaning and technology costs and unknowns for the fall — and beyond.
For those people who believe our public schools are profiting from the pandemic, a potential train wreck of public education is a good thing.
Administrators are talking about anti-racism efforts, equity, and cleaning between classes as they make a decision about when to start the new school year.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated racial inequities in education, and Congress needs to fix it, a former Obama administration official has said.
At a time of great upheaval and change, and in the middle of a global pandemic, we have all been called to acknowledge and confront systemic racism.
District officials are still planning for three scenarios in case officials order schools to remain closed or there is a second coronavirus outbreak.
Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday that schools across the commonwealth can begin to apply for a combined $150 million in School Health and Safety Grants, which can be used to purchase cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment; to provide mental health services and professional development to students and staff; and to retrofit school buildings to promote social distancing.
The aid is especially needed to support low-income students, students of color, students with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups, lawmakers said.