We are all concerned about social and racial inequity. A better solution than defunding police and painting “Black Lives Matter” on streets is improving educational outcomes for students. Closing schools due to COVID-19 and opposing other options works against this objective.
According to Education Week, only Florida, Iowa, Texas, and Arkansas have ordered schools to reopen. Other states either let local officials decide or have ordered partial closures. Meanwhile, the nation’s three largest public school systems — New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago — remain largely remote.
Penalizing low-income children by systematically keeping schools closed is unjustified when the risk of spread is so minute. In a wide-ranging study conducted by faculty at Brown University, researchers found very low transmission rates inside the classroom, with infections occurring at significantly lower rates than previously thought to be the case in classroom settings. Internationally, Australia, France, Ireland, the Netherlands and Germany