Democrats claim they care about black kids.
The leftist leader of this major U.S. city just totally obliterated that myth.
But you can bet Ron DeSantis would never let this happen to black kids.
Democrat policies – like opposing school choice or supporting abortion, for example – consistently have disproportionate negative impacts on the black community.
And now, a new favorite Democrat policy is about to kick tens of thousands of black kids out of classrooms in Washington, D.C.
Left-wing politicians across the country have implemented and enforced COVID vaccine mandates.
They won’t rest until 100% of Americans are vaccine compliant.
Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is no different.
She has instituted a policy requiring all children aged 12 and up to be vaccinated to attend D.C. area schools.
“Our goal is that no child should miss a single day of school,” Asad Bandealy, the chief of the D.C. Department of Health’s Health Care Access Bureau, said of the mandate, according to reporting from The Washington Post. “And that means we need to get started now.”
Fox News is reporting 85% of Washington students in that age group are already vaccinated.
However, only 60% for Black students have received the vax jab.
That means upwards of 40% of black middle and high school students won’t be able to join their peers in the classroom.
According to Census data, there are about 70,000 black students in D.C. – meaning nearly 30,000 could be impacted by the COVID vaccine mandate.
The D.C. school vax mandate will put tens of thousands of black students at a disadvantage.
According to one study conducted by Harvard University, closed schools during the pandemic led to large losses in achievement for students – particularly among minority and low-income students.
“The students in high-poverty schools that were remote for most of 2020-21 lost about 0.45 standard deviations in math,” Thomas Kane, a professor of education at Harvard and one of the authors of the study said of the study’s results in an interview with the Harvard Gazette earlier this year.
Kane added that achievement gaps grew in districts that spent more than three weeks in remote learning.
He argues in-person instruction is a “critical piece of our social infrastructure that we had taken for granted.”