CLEVELAND — Amid unprecedented uncertainty throughout the educational landscape in America, Black and Latinx children continue to be left behind. If nothing changes, these students risk irreversible losses in academic ground, with economic consequences for families and communities that will last well beyond the pandemic. Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 for students and schools is one of our nation’s most pressing issues. Here are just a few reasons why I’m surprised it is not a topic at Tuesday’s presidential debate in Cleveland.
Communities of color have historically been, and continue to be, the most affected by gaps in access to quality early care and education, high-quality teaching and learning, and higher education opportunities that afford them the ability to earn middle-class wages and disrupt cycles of generational poverty in their families and communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility and inadequacy of our systems and shown us we must