PA Sees Spike in Remote Learning
July 29, 2020
The digital revolution is picking up momentum in PA schools because people are still worried about Coronavirus. As of now Philadelphia and Pittsburgh area schools will do online or hybrid teaching instead of opening full-time classes. They hope this keeps everyone safe BUT doing online or hybrid classes might come with negative consequences such as financial losses for schools and lowered achievement for children.
This is clearly a complicated situation.
For example, schools could lose money because the Trump administration threatened to cut off federal funding to districts that fail to open their doors five days a week. Officials are pushing for schools to open because they know lower-income families do worse with online and hybrid classes. So, it's not only finances that are at risk but the students themselves.
But it's not possible to open schools if teachers are unwilling to, you know, TEACH in-person?
At any rate, schools hope that the federal funding they DO get will help districts hire more staff and repair facilities. So, that’s a possibility.
Anyways, virtual learning may be the safest thing for everyone even if it comes with downsides but leaders need to commit as quickly as possible to one kind of learning plan.
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