School Privilege

Continuing from Wednesday, I looked at how the choice of remote-only related to student composition of the district, as drawn from the NCES. At least among the EdWeek sample of districts (which is disproportionately larger districts), there’s a strong relationship between districts with a smaller percentage of white students and districts that opted for remote-only instruction.


There’s not a strong correlation in either direction with the percentage of black students.


My hunch is that rural districts are much less likely to go to remote only- because of lower fear of the virus, weaker teachers’ unions,  worse internet infrastructure, and fewer parents who can work from home. We can partially confirm this by looking at district size versus likelihood of choosing remote only:


This is hard to read, but we can take the logarithm of size and group districts together and it’s a little easier:


Apart from New York City (the rightmost dot, which has for the moment opted for some in-person instruction), big urban districts are choosing to have kids at home staring at a screen or playing virtual hooky.



The costs of this are going to be major and lasting.


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