A bill filed in the North Carolina Senate today would give school districts until June 30 to come up with a plan for how they’ll ensure remote instruction results in the same learning growth as teaching that occurs at school during school year 2020/21.
It’s hard to articulate how out of touch with reality that expectation is.
North Carolina’s educators are doing the best we can to teach our students in the midst of a global pandemic. As time passes we will continue to find ways to make remote teaching and learning more effective. However, what we’re already seeing is there are an untold number of factors that we have absolutely no control over.
Coming right out of the gate and setting an impossibly high bar sends the wrong message to our state’s educators at a time of crisis when collaboration is crucial.
What we need most from state legislators as we navigate these uncharted waters is the resources to ensure that all of our students have access to the education that is their right.
You can read the entire draft bill below. The section referenced is 5.11(a) point 9.