Could All Parents Have ‘Pandemic Pods’ If There Were More School Choice? A Soho Forum Debate
“The latest in school segregation.” That’s how the headline of a recent New York Times op-ed described private “pandemic pods,” in which parents of K–12 students hire an in-person teacher while public schools remain online-only due to COVID-19 lockdowns. The pandemic pods, says the writer, “will exacerbate inequities, racial segregation and the opportunity gap within schools.”
Business Insider had a somewhat different take, claiming the pods are “inequitable and inevitable” and “a dream come true for the school choice movement.”
Are pandemic pods just the latest tool by which “nice white parents“ use their financial and political clout to separate out their kids, thus increasing segregation in education? And if so, is the solution to increase government spending on K–12 schools so that all parents will want to keep their kids in the public system?
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