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Diane Ravitch Discusses The Stark Inequities Around School Closures

Mar 11, 2020

On this edition of Your Call, we'll speak with education expert and advocate Diane Ravitch about how schools and colleges are responding to the coronavirus outbreak.

Many school districts across the country are closing schools, which raises several questions around childcare and access to food. Over 22 million students rely on free or reduced lunch. For many, it's their only hot meal of the day. New York City is closing schools as a last result becuase school may be the only place students can get three hot meals a day, medical care, and wash their dirty laundry, according to the New York Times. What will it take to address these stark inequities?

Guest:

Diane Ravitch, historian and research professor of education at New York University, founder and president of Network for Public Education, and author of Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America's Public Schools

Web Resources:

NY Times, Eliza Shapiro: Coronavirus in NYC: Why Closing Public Schools Is a 'Last Resort'

The Washington Post, David Perry: How to Close Colleges Without Hurting Vulnerable Students

Vox, Anna North: The Coronavirus Will Cause a Child Care Crisis in America

NY Times, Annie Murphy Paul: Diane Ravitch Declares the Education Reform Movement Dead