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GROUND REPORT – Parents in Los Angeles School Districts Fight Against California’s COVID Education Crisis – The Last Refuge


Friend of the Treehouse John Spiropoulos shares a ground report from the Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles where concerned parents and grandparents are protesting against the school district policy to keep in-class education stopped.   As noted in the interviews the COVID school shutdowns are hurting everyone, particularly those communities where education was already a challenge.

The “progressive” policies and regulations around COVID in California are impacting minority neighborhoods at an alarming rate.  In essence the democrat shut-down policies create racist outcomes.  As John Spiropoulos notes: ” The year long shutdown of live, in-class instruction in Los Angeles public schools has had an adverse effect on children’s academics, particularly those in low income areas. This report focuses on a back-to-school rally organized by the Women of Watts organization.”

The proportion of child mental health visits to Emergency Rooms dramatically increased from March through October 2020 over the same period in 2019.

• The share of mental health-related hospital emergency department visits rose 24% for children 5-11 compared to the same time period the previous year
• The share of mental health-related hospital emergency department visits increased 31% for adolescents age 12 to 17 compared to the same time period the previous year.
• While there were in increases for both males and females, female cases were far higher than male cases.
(Source: CDC November 13, 2020)

Still another study found the increase in poor grades “appears to be most pronounced among students from low-income households, multi-lingual students and students learning virtually.” And it could be long lasting for many. “The students who are most at risk of lasting academic harm from failing grades are students who have been learning remotely, students living in poverty, multi-lingual learnings and students of color.” (source)

In California, the negative effects of school closures on academic progress appear greater for English learners and students from low-income families.” That’s analysis comes from PACE, the Policy Analysis for California Education, a non-profit, non-partisan research center formed by Stanford University, USC, UCLA and the University of California, Berkeley. Some of the findings:

• 5th graders in California lost roughly two points in reading and math assessments while in a typical year, they would have gained 10 points.
• 6th graders lost almost 30 points in reading assessments where they normally gain five points.

(Source: Information from PACE, reported by “The 74.” February 16, 2021, – The 74, a non-profit, non-partisan news site covering education in America)

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