The split is emblematic of a core truth of the American public education system: Gaps in access to school resources fall along racial and socioeconomic lines, and that gap has been magnified during virtual schooling, write Nicole Gaudiano and Maya King.
Non-white school districts receive an average of $23 billion less than predominantly white school districts, despite serving roughly the same number of students, according to a 2019 study from EdBuild, a school funding research group that closed in June. Many schools serving low-income Black and Latino students don’t even have windows that open to increase air circulation, said Cornell University professor Noliwe Rooks, the author of “Cutting School: The Segronomics of American Education.”
The spread of the coronavirus has unearthed and amplified these inequities.
“Covid isn’t just revealing racial inequities,” said Rooks. “It’s reproducing it. It’s making it worse.”