Jennifer Jennings used to come to ICE meetings around the time she became a thorn in Michael Bloomberg's side as Eduwonkette. She's now a Princeton University professor. Great to see Professor Jennings make a big splash in this PIX11 news story about COVID-19 in NYC schools.
NEW YORK CITY — New York state numbers tell the story confirming there is coronavirus spread in schools and teachers are at risk, according to one education policy expert.
Jennifer Jennings is a sociology and public affairs professor at Princeton professor working on education policy.
“The number of positive New York City Department of Education staff cases doubled in the first three weeks of January, compared to total cases reported between September and December,” she said.
The student population is also seeing an increase.
“For all New York City kids 5 to 17 years old, over the same four month period, we had approximately 21,000 cases; we’ve added 12,500 new cases since the beginning of January alone," she said.
Jennings' findings found elementary school teachers have gotten infected at higher fractions compared to high school teachers.
The only difference, based on Jennings' research, is that elementary schools have been open.
Jennings has these strong soundbites in the PIX story:
"Teachers are more likely to get it because schools are open, period full stop."
"There's been much much higher fractions of elementary teachers who have gotten it than have high school teachers and the only difference when I first looked at this data was 19 days of school."
My son's elementary school building goes back and forth between being open, then closed, and then open again, and now closed again due to multiple COVID-19 cases (my son is fully remote). My daughter's middle school which is about twice the size of my son's school has had one case all semester. The building has been closed since November.
I can't quite figure out why the elementary and D75 educators just continue to take this and don't rebel en masse.