Study: Three Million Children Have ‘Dropped Out’ Of Full Time School Amid Pandemic, Many In At-Risk Communities
The New York Times reported Wednesday that around three million children have “dropped out” of full-time school because of the shift to virtual learning from in-classroom learning, and the poor and minority communities have been deeply affected.
The outlet took a detailed look at the plight of a low-income, minority family in an extensive expose that published earlier this week. Among the revelations, the Times discovered that it was particularly difficult for kids whose parents worked in “essential worker” jobs, including those jobs that require overnight shifts, and that many of the most at-risk students also lack the basic needs associated with virtual learning: time and an internet connection.
“By one estimate, three million students nationwide, roughly the school-age population of Florida, stopped going to classes, virtual or in person, after the pandemic began,” the Times reported, citing a study from Bellwether Education Partners.