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Study finds disparities in demand for online learning resources between low and high income areas, which will widen achievement gaps

When schools closed, the demand for online school resources increased. A new study has however found that most of the increase in demand for online learning resources occurred in areas with high income and better internet access. Areas with more rural schools and black students saw lower increases in demand for online learning resources. This points to a huge disparity in access to online learning resources which will widen student achievement gaps. ...

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MPS School Board votes down distance learning resolution, wants to wait for state guidance

The Minneapolis Board of Education voted against a resolution that called for starting the school year with distance learning, citing a "need for the governor to weigh in." Gov. Walz and the Minnesota Department of Education are expected to announce their statewide guidance for the 2020 school year tomorrow. Through its Open MN Schools campaign, the Center sent state leaders a petition signed by thousands of Minnesotans imploring them to give students the option to learn in their classrooms this fall....

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Alternative learning options for this fall should be more accessible

The uncertainty around what school will look like this fall has sent parents scrambling and looking to innovative alternatives to meet the needs of their students and enhance their learning opportunities—from pandemic pods to micro-schools to homeschool co-ops. If schools don't reopen or can't provide a learning environment that meets students' needs, parents should be given the opportunity to pursue a learning model that works for their student....

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Rally at Gov.’s Mansion to re-open Minnesota’s schools Sunday July 26

Governor Walz is set to announce Minnesota's plan for the 2020-2021 school year on July 30th. A rally organized by concerned parents with support from American Experiment and Re-open Minnesota Schools will take place at 4 pm on Sunday, July 26th at the Governor's Mansion. If we are truly following the science of COVID-19, there is no good reason for our students to remain home from school. Online learning is not enough, and our students cannot afford to lose any more ground. If you agree that our schools should re-open, sign the petition, and tell Governor Walz to re-open Minnesota's schools! ...

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Disparities will widen if schools don’t reopen

Throughout the coronavirus crisis, Governor Tim Walz has claimed he is "following the science." If "science versus politics" is supposed to influence decision-making, it's time to do that with regard to reopening schools. Visit OpenMNSchools.com and let Gov. Walz know online learning isn't enough and our kids need to be in the classroom this fall. ...

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