COVID creates new education inequities

COVID elevated visibility of pre-existing inequities for marginalized students and created new ones.
The Education Civil Rights Alliance has partnered with NDRN to create a new network of 250+ allies from advocacy organizations nationwide:
STATE/LOCAL EDUCATION RESOURCE EQUITY GROUP
Together, we're taking action to ensure new federal education funds are used to reduce inequities, and to fight state education cuts that will increase inequities.

The COVID Education Equity Challenges

The pre-existing education opportunity gap for marginalized children is exacerbated amid COVID due to:

  • The technology-gap (gaps in availability of computers/internet access, limits in student technology knowledge, lack of needed assistive technology, lack of computer repair access, etc.);
  • The lack of space to learn (homelessness, too many people/pets in a space and/or other noise, lack of desk/chair/supplies, etc.);
  • The time and capacity limitations of caretakers who have a critical role in supporting learning (they are working, they have limited English proficiency, they have limited tech capacity, they aren’t trained to provide needed special education services, they have Coronavirus-related or other health conditions that impede their ability to help, etc.);
  • The lack of student time (they are caregivers for younger children, they are working, etc.);
  • The extent to which the child – due to disabilities and/or other factors – requires in-person services unavailable during school closure;

 

  • The social-emotional well-being of the student being harmed by Coronavirus-related factors of family stress (financial stress, unemployment, homelessness), personal stress (uncertainties, lack of connection with friends), etc., thus impeding the student’s learning;
  • The physical well-being of the student being harmed by Coronavirus-related factors (hunger exacerbated by school closure, homelessness, child abuse, Coronavirus itself, etc.), thus impeding the student’s learning; and
  • Other challenges of districts, schools and staff in connecting with a particular student to effectively support the student’s remote learning.

Moreover, the disproportionate impact of the Coronavirus on communities of color compounds all of these factors, exposing already crippling equity gaps.

States and districts must ensure that the new federal COVID education funding is used to advance equity for and support the needs of marginalized children and their families.  And states and districts must avoid funding cuts that increase education inequities.

NEW National Sign-on Letter to State/District Education Leaders re Equity for Marginalized Students in COVID

New Federal COVID Education Funding

Here is the link to info on the new federal COVID education funding available to Governors.

Federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund

New Federal COVID Education Funding

Here is the link to info on the new federal COVID education funding available to State Education Agencies and local districts.

Federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund

Are you part of an organization that is interested in working to advance State/Local Education Resource Equity?

If so, you can apply to sign up for the State/Local Education Resource Equity Group:

Click HERE.