The clock is ticking for families to decide if they prefer remote or in-school learning, with the first portal to choose remote learning opening next week.
The blended learning plan outlined Wednesday by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza has many advocates concerned
it’s not realistic and doesn’t put the children first.
While Executive Director Kim Sweet of Advocates for Children of New York admits there’s “no right answer” in these unprecedented circumstances, she says the plan is complicated.
Inequities for children in certain situations are only growing, says Sweet, and those with learning disabilities, learning English as a second language, or living in homeless shelters will only be pushed further behind.
That’s because instead of catering in-person learning hours to students who need them most, classroom time will be dependent on how crowded a school is.
“We had hoped that the plan would target the scarce resource of in-person instruction to the students that need it most. We have not seen that so far in this plan,” said Sweet.
And schools operating on different schedules make it complex for parents of multiple children to navigate, says Sweet. On top of that, parents will have to coordinate with employers, she points out.
Sweet joined Mornings On 1 via Skype.