Inequities Exposed: How COVID-19 Widened Racial Inequities in Education, Health, and the Workforce, Hearing Before the Committee on Education and Labor, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, Second Session, June 22, 2020   [open pdf - 78MB]

This is the June 22, 2020 hearing on "Inequities Exposed: How COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] Widened Racial Inequities in Education, Health, and the Workforce" held before the House Committee on Education and Labor. From the opening statement of Robert C. ''Bobby'' Scott: "Today we are discussing how COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating racial inequalities in education, labor, and health and the steps Congress must take to address these disparities. [...] [P]ublic schools entered this pandemic with a $23 billion racial funding gap. [...] As schools abruptly closed, this funding gap has positioned students of color to fall even further behind their peers. Black and Latino students who are less likely to attend schools that have the capacity to rapidly establish high-quality distance learning programs. [...] In the area of the workforce, outlook for workers of color is similarly concerning. Black and Latino workers that faced significantly higher rates of unemployment and lower wages long before the pandemic have borne a disproportionate share of the layoffs. [...] In addition to working in sectors with the highest risk of COVID-19 infections, Black and Latino workers disproportionately work in low-wage jobs. [...] The most profound consequence of racial inequality in our society has been the pandemic's devastating impact on the health of people of color. [...] This systemic problem has stained our country's legacy for too long. I look forward to hearing from our witnesses who will share with us the scope of the challenge and the policy considerations to get us on the right course." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Camara Jones, John B. King, Jr., Valerie Rawlston Wilson, and Avik Roy.

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