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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
A likely coronavirus scenario: More inequality among schoolkids, made worse the longer they're not in classrooms.
Why it matters: Summer breaks already require some kids to do more catchup than others, and many students won't return to schools until the fall — at the earliest.
The big picture: 39 states plus D.C. and 3 U.S. territories have closed schools for the school year, with others facing deadlines soon on whether to reopen on May 1 or later, Education Week reports.
"What used to be a three-month summer learning loss, which was always an issue, is now going to be a five- or six-month summer learning loss," Khan Academy CEO Sal Khan said at an Axios event today.
Between the lines: History and geography scores among 8th graders have declined since 2014, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced today.
The bottom line: Every parent wants the best for their kids, but this period — when parents with fewer resources are left to fend for themselves — will result in more kids left behind.
Above: Vietnam's social distancing order is easing for most of the country just ahead of next week's four-day holiday.
Below: A worker at a state job center in Pearl, Miss., holds an unemployment benefit application as she waits for a client.
High school junior, Will Olsen, 17, of Kensington, Md. Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP
In the D.C. area, a network of around 100 3D printers, most in individual homes, is producing face shields for distribution to Washington-area hospitals. (AP)
The big picture: The group says it has printed 3,000 shields so far with a goal of completing 10,000 in April.