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Congress needs to deliver for students affected by pandemic | Marlon Styles

“One parent had to spend her last few dollars on food instead of paying her internet bill. Another parent said she was struggling to get a braille reader for her visually impaired daughter. One student being raised by his grandmother couldn’t submit assignments for two weeks because they were waiting for internet connectivity at home.

“Our country’s equity gap existed long before this pandemic, but school closures have shined a much brighter light on the contrast between “logged on” and “logged off” students in the 6,300-student school district I lead in Middletown, Ohio.”

Marlon Styles

Marlon Styles is the Superintendent of the Middletown (Ohio) City School District.