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Push to reopen schools could leave out millions of students

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Posted at 11:29 PM, Jan 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-01 01:29:43-05

President Joe Biden says he wants most schools serving kindergarten through eighth grade to reopen by late April.

But even if that happens, it is likely to leave out millions of students, many of them minorities in urban areas.

Shavar Jeffries is president of Democrats for Education Reform. He says that inequity could bring “a generational level of harm” for low-income and minority students.

Jeffries says teachers' unions in cities are standing in the way of holding in-person classes.

Unions say their members and students should be back in schools only when it's safe — and that could be harder to achieve in cities.