Teachers unions, demands for ‘equity’ work to block online schooling growth amid coronavirus crisis

Apr 12, 2020 by

Some states reportedly impose moratoriums on student transfers to cyber schools

The quick transition to online learning in the wake of the coronavirus has left students, parents and school districts scrambling to find a happy medium acceptable to all parties involved.

One of the more significant concerns is that of equity — not all students have internet access or, if they do, it is slow and unreliable. In addition, their computers may be outdated and cannot handle needed programs.

This consideration has led to some school districts frowning upon virtual learning.

Seattle Public Schools said it was following advice from the state which said teachers should not engage in online instruction unless they “can ensure that all students will have equal access to learning.” At least one district in the state ceased virtual instruction because it could not guarantee equity. In its place, the superintendent recommended students work on projects “that could be useful in relation to the current health situation” … like “building a hand-sanitizer dispenser.”

Teachers in Philadelphia initially had been told the same as those in Seattle, but district officials quickly backpedaled after word got out to the public.

Source: Teachers unions, demands for ‘equity’ work to block online schooling growth amid coronavirus crisis | The College Fix

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