NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York City Council is holding a virtual hearing Friday on health and safety at schools.
Among the topics is a new report on racial disparities when it comes to remote learning.
Data from last spring shows student attendance and engagement were nearly eight times more likely to be lower at schools where at least half the student population were Black and Hispanic.
At schools where the Black population was 25%, low student engagement was nearly four time more likely.
“Schools and certain under-resourced communities did not have access to the techology and internet that was promised to them,” said New York City Council Education Chair Mark Treyger. “Only recently did the mayor announce on television that he plans to order 100,000 additional iPads in November.”
Schools: The New Normal
The City Council subpoenaed the data from the New York City Department of Education last month.
The statistics mirror data from 2019, when in-person learning was in full effect.
New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza is testifying at the hearings, and is expected to be asked about resources.
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