Low-income families more likely to choose virtual learning

Our analysis shows low-income families are more likely to choose virtual learning for their children rather than to send them to campus this year.

HOUSTON — Low-income families are more likely to choose virtual learning for their children rather than to send them on campus this fall, according to a KHOU 11 analysis of records from 10 Houston-area school districts.

Under the Texas Public Information Act, we received data from Clear Creek ISD, Conroe ISD, Cy-Fair ISD, Humble ISD, Katy ISD, Klein ISD, Lamar CISD, Pasadena ISD, Spring ISD and Spring Branch ISD that includes the preferred learning method for nearly 550,000 students.

Overall, parents were split nearly evenly, with 51% choosing on-campus and 49% deciding on virtual learning.

But that changes when you filter the results for economically disadvantaged students, who qualify for free or reduced lunches. 47% of those students are on campus this fall, while 53% are

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How low-income families are getting help with online learning from this community center

ANN ARBOR, MI – With six children, including five young children living at home, Antwanette Marshall had to make the difficult decision to temporarily leave her job at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor when the coronavirus pandemic caused schools to close in March.

With no one willing to provide daycare for that many children during a pandemic, Marshall became her children’s daycare provider and learning facilitator as Ann Arbor Public Schools began the year with remote learning last week.

The one glimmer of hope for Marshall during this time has been the support services she’s received from Peace Neighborhood Center, which is providing critical in-person support for children whose parents might have other obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two days a week they are able to take the students out of the home and bring them to the center for in-person learning support, she said, has been a godsend.

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