Teacher survey says pandemic has deepened school inequities

Nearly 2,000 teachers answering a union survey say funding inequities between school districts have worsened with the COVID-19 pandemic, jeopardizing the safety of students and staff and widening the technology gap.

Released on Tuesday, the Connecticut Education Association survey found teachers in large poorly funded school districts are more likely to report shortages in cleaning supplies, personal protective equipment and learning resources.

Of particular concern, the union says, is the apparent lack of tools to properly engage students who are learning from home instead of the classroom.

“We are witnessing a broader awareness of inequities in our school districts and the dire consequences that come with them,” said CEA President Jeff Leake. “These issues are most severe in our lowest-performing school districts. We must demand changes in policies, programs and practices that condone or ignore unequal justice and hinder student success.”

The survey collected 1,935 responses, including 571 from teachers

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