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For Some Black Students, Closed Schools Have Offered A Chance To Thrive

In Texas, students have been assigned history textbooks that downplay slavery and avoid talking about Jim Crow. In Massachusetts, Black girls have been reprimanded for violating dress codes that ban hair extensions. And across the country, according to federal data, Black students are more likely than white classmates to be disciplined at school.

In Oregon, where Josh lives, Black students have lower graduation rates. They’re also less likely to be identified as “talented and gifted.”

All that can take a toll on kids. But for some students like Josh, remote learning during the pandemic has offered an escape.

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