Coalition: Yonkers schools must do more to conquer remote learning ‘digital divide’
The NAACP and
civil rights activists teamed up with Parents Seeking Solutions on Thursday to
demand greater accountability from Yonkers schools when it comes to the
so-called digital divide between students.
They say not
enough students have the proper devices suitable for remote learning and they
fear the damage caused by students falling behind will be irreversible. The
coalition is demanding the school district provide a full-scale course of
action to help those students get back on track once in-person school for all
“We need to
focus on compensatory education so children, potentially children of color,
don't fall behind,” says Michael Sussman, a civil rights attorney.
referred News 12 to a letter they sent to Sussman that says they believe the
school district is making great strides in helping students during the
pandemic. It added that they have given out more than 8,000 devices to students
to help with remote learning.
Advocates say that is a drop in the bucket for what the real need is.