Non-white students in Washington state will receive privilege to study during re-opening
Before the pandemic and riots following the death of George Floyd, students of all skin colors had equal rights to study in all states, but the nationwide outcry and talk of racial inequality gave school districts time to “rectify”, although some believe this could exacerbate the situation.
A "district planning guide" released last month by Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal suggests giving the priority to non-whites in the first phases of re-opening after the pandemic.
In addition to priority for students of color, in the category of privileged students also included “students with disabilities, English learners, students experiencing homelessness, students experiencing poverty,” says the planning guide.
“The impacts of fear, hatred, and systemic and structural racism within institutions cannot be ignored, and they yield tragic outcomes. Washington’s public education system must engage in anti-racist capacity building, leadership, and resource allocation. Dismantling systemically racist structures will make progress on inclusivity and will better serve students of color, students with disabilities, students who are English learners, students who are migratory, students experiencing homelessness, students in foster care, students experiencing intergenerational poverty, and students who identify as LGBTQ+.”
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