May 11, 2020

Our Boston Globe Op-Ed in Collaboration with Andrea Campbell – COVID-19

How to close Boston's achievement gap during the coronavirus pandemic.

Friends of the Children–Boston's executive director, Yi-Chin Chen and Andrea J. Campbell, Boston City Councilor for District 4, authored an op-ed that was published in the Boston Globe. The opinion piece is a response to Governor Charlie Baker's official statement that students would not return to school in person for the remainder of the year. Here is an excerpt from the piece:

Educational success during the coronavirus pandemic requires many factors to work in synchronicity: reliable Internet access, a working computer, regular and predictable access to teachers and support staff, a district-wide criteria for high-quality remote learning, social-economic supports for students and teachers, and ongoing communication with caregivers who are now responsible for setting structure and daily learning environment for their children.

Read Chen and Campbell's recommendations for addressing challenges that arise due to the pandemic using the link below.