Today’s highly interesting read (01/27/21): Milwaukee was already failing students of color. Covid made it worse

Milwaukee School of Languages teacher Marielle Rivera, right, greets her eighth-grade virtual Spanish class on the first day of school as Principal Juan Baez, left, and MPS Superintendent Keith Posley watch.

Milwaukee School of Languages teacher Marielle Rivera greets her 8th grade virtual Spanish class on the first day of school last fall as principal Juan Baez (L) and MPS Superintendent Keith Posley watch. Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Most Milwaukee Public Schools students would continue virtual learning until at least April, while some students with disabilities could return in person Feb. 8 under a tentative plan from Superintendent Keith Posley. 

Today’s read is from Mario Koran, a Knight-Wallace Reporting Fellow at the University of Michigan, writing for the UK-based Guardian. Here’s a brief excerpt:

School closures have been disruptive for students across the United States but, for many students of color in Milwaukee’s public school system, the immediate impacts have been downright alarming.

In the long run, educators fear, Covid and a long history of segregation and discrimination have formed a toxic cocktail that could reverberate for decades to come.

“It’s not only a question of how we get these kids back to where they would have been had the pandemic not occurred, but how do we get them back to where they should be?” said Dan Rossmiller of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards.

“And that, of course, was the pre-existing problem.”

Read the entire article here.



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