***VIDEO INCLUDED*** Rep. Lee, Southern Nevada Education Experts Host Facebook Live on State of Distance Education in Communities of Color, Rural Communities
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Susie Lee (Nev.-03) hosted a Facebook Live roundtable on the state of distance education in communities of color and rural communities. Distance education caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in barriers to learning in communities of color and rural communities due to their disproportionate lack of access to devices and internet service. Representatives from the Clark County School District (CCSD), community groups, and educators joined Rep. Lee to discuss these barriers and what can be done to address them.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has made inequality in all its forms even more evident across our community,” said Rep. Lee. “For many of our children, especially in communities of color and rural communities, the lack of access to devices and the internet has created very real barriers for students to receive a quality virtual education. We simply can’t let this continue. This roundtable gave me an opportunity to hear directly from officials, advocates, and educators who are on the ground doing the best they can to help our kids learn during this time of disruption. The feedback they shared with me today will help inform the decisions I make in Washington to ensure we’re able to tear down these barriers during the pandemic and after it passes.”