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Last week, Kansas became the first state in the country to announce statewide school closures for the remainder of the school year in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Yesterday, Virginia joined Kansas in shutting down schools for the rest of the academic year. With California leaning towards a similar decision and all but 4 states closing schools statewide for at least a couple of weeks, an important question must be asked: is there an unequal cost to school closures?

Virginia and Kansas are ranked #7 and #15 by the U.S. News & World Report’s list of top states for education for objectively clear reasons. Virginia’s 2019 state exam results show that around 80% of students pass reading, writing, and math. Kansas is not too far behind, with 72% of Kansas students performing at or above on grade level for math, and 71% are on grade level for English language arts. Click here to read more.

 

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