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(CNN)At this point in the Covid-19 pandemic, we each have our own list of our biggest coronavirus concerns. But there's one question that unites many of us, and that's "What is the next school year going to look like?"

The answer to that question will depend on where you live -- and not just because that determines what state rules and regulations will apply.
As usual with the coronavirus, the pandemic has compounded problems that existed before it emerged -- especially for Black folks and people of color. And if you want to find an institution that demonstrates that reality, there may not be a better place to look than America's public school system.
    America is on a brink like none since the Civil WarRight now, there are about 98,500 public schools across the US with nearly 51 million students enrolled. But those schools are not created equal because public education is in large part funded by the taxes of the district they are located in.The ratio of how much federal, state and local money is used varies across the country. But according to the National Center for Education Statistics, an average of 45% of public school funding across the US comes from local sources -- and mainly from property taxes.Read MoreYou can of course already see how this leads to inequity. If your public school is located a block from Jeff Bezos' house, his property taxes alone are going to give that school the best of everything -- and probably some new things that aren't even on the market yet.But if your public school is located a block from subsidized housing - unless that subsidized housing is the White House - your school will not have the best of everything. As Anthony Abraham Jack, an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, explained to me, "To understand where students are going, you have to know where they come from. ... A zip code can tell you so much more about where a child is going to end up than any other fact that you can learn about that child."Teachers and students shouldnt be Covid-19 experiments in the fallAnd that was before Covid-19. So while all public schools are working hard to figure out how to respond to the pandemic, unequal funding means there will be very different levels of what that response looks like.I saw how this reality affects students even before the pandemic hit. Last fall, I spent time in southeastern Ohio, visiting Mayfair Elementary and Shaw High School in East Cleveland, as well as Shaker High School in Shaker Heights, for tonight's episode of "United Shades of America."The impact of leaning primarily on state and local funding is clear when you look at Shaw High School in the predominantly Black and overwhelmingly economically depressed city of East Cleveland, and then take the short drive to Shaker High in the racially mixed but economically doing-much-better city of Shaker Heights.How you can help

    The Urban League of Cleveland offers education and youth development programs throughout Cuyahoga County, Ohio. The organization has two hallmark programs benefiting youth: Kids College, which aids in-school literacy enrichment and Project Ready-Career Beginnings, which helps make Cleveland high school students more competitive in the global economy.  

    United Way of Greater Cleveland provides after-school tutoring and mentoring programs that build on what children learn in school and give them confidence, skills and relationships.

    The Lebron James Family Foundation, through its I PROMISE Program, provides students in the greater Cleveland area with programs, support and mentors to succeed in school and beyond.

    Impact Your World is CNN's network-wide initiative which informs and empowers those who ask: "What can I do to help?"

    While Shaw is "hacking the system" by teaching career and tech courses that can give students the opportunity to make adult wages as nursing assistants and hair stylists, over at Shaker Heights students are encouraged to spend their after-school time with activities that would make a well-rounded college application -- including a video game club. A VIDEO GAME CLUB!!! Although nothing says, "We are doing all right financially!" more than a school with a planetarium. Shaker has that too.I don't want to imply that Shaker is a perfect high school; money doesn't fix everything. The US has liberally sprinkled racism all over our society, which helps create a gap in achievement between Black and White students that remains no matter how much cash you drop on it. The Glossary of Education Reform defines the achievement gap as "any significant and persistent disparity in academic performance or educational attainment between different groups of students, such as white students and minorities, for example, or students from higher-income and lower-income households." The same achievement gap that Black students deal with at Shaw, the Black students deal with at Shaker; it is just a deeper and more profound gap at the school with fewer resources.And for those of you who read this and say, "Why should my taxes have to pay for public schools? I don't even have kids," consider these questions from veteran Shaw High School teacher Monique Davis.Get our free weekly newsletter

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      "If we don't educate our younger generation, then what does that generation become?" she said to me during filming for "United Shades of America." "Because if you don't have an education, what do you do for income? What do you do for housing? What do you do to maintain a life?"To me, it feels like we shouldn't have this disparity for the millions of students enrolled in public schools across the country. If parents want to fund their kids' local institution, that's fine -- but that shouldn't make the difference between having a good school and a bad one, and definitely not in the middle of a pandemic.

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      Leah McSweeney discusses her horny, see-through ‘RHONY’ reunion look

      Leah McSweeney didn’t go away a lot to the creativeness throughout her first “RHONY” reunion.

      The Married to the Mob founder and designer, 37, sported a jaw-dropping sheer black mesh look comprised of a crop high, skirt, fingerless gloves and face masks, all made by lingerie designer Sandra Gagalo and styled by Phil Gomez.

      “First, I used to be sending him old-school Alaïa, old-school Versace, and he stated that he knew of this Brooklyn-based younger feminine designer who he thought that we might collaborate with and make one thing tremendous cool with,” McSweeney completely instructed Web page Six Model of the inspiration behind her outfit.

      Gomez instructed us by way of textual content, “For the reunion look we actually needed to create one thing customized, and dealing with see-through mesh was solely pure because it has develop into a signature of hers. However extra importantly with mesh, what you see is what you get, nothing to cover. And that’s Leah: unapologetically actual! That’s why I like working together with her, particularly on ‘RHONY’ tasks, as a result of we each like to disrupt the norm.”

      Whereas her reunion look might have been harking back to the costume she wore to co-star Ramona Singer’s birthday celebration, McSweeney stated that wasn’t intentional.

      “I occur to like black mesh. Like, there was positively a yr the place I wore a black mesh turtleneck bodysuit with denims, like that was my factor,” she defined. “I simply love the best way it hugs my physique. I like the best way it seems, and I all the time simply really feel there’s simply one thing very highly effective about black mesh. I really feel very assured in it.”

      She elaborated, “Once I discovered that our theme was black … Clearly just a little black costume is so basic and so nice, however I personally don’t have that many, and I’m extra of a coloration particular person. So I’ve to make it enjoyable, I’ve to make it funky, I’ve to make it stand out. That’s who I’m, and I simply needed to have enjoyable with it. I didn’t wish to be protected.”

      Gagalo, the designer, instructed us by way of textual content: “When Phil reached out to me about making a customized costume for Leah, it was a right away YES. Leah is a badass entrepreneur with a real standpoint. It’s so highly effective. I like her vibe!”

      The opposite “Housewives” appeared to approve of McSweeney’s look, too.

      “I feel they’re used to my trend selections,” she instructed us. “I don’t assume I shocked them. I feel they appreciated it. They stated they did. Ramona stated she liked it, however I don’t know if she’s telling the reality or not. I feel she is.”

      As for these elbow-length fingerless gloves? All the higher to indicate off McSweeney’s contemporary mani, in fact.

      “I all the time have my nails achieved,” she stated. “I by no means don’t have my nails achieved. And so I used to be like, ‘I can’t cowl my nails with the gloves for the reunion. I would like reunion nails; like, that’s my factor too.’ So she was like, ‘I’ll simply lower out the fingertips!’”

      And whereas her alternative of a barely-there mesh masks over a protecting face masking might have sparked backlash, McSweeney insisted the accent was for trend, not perform — and that the manufacturing took loads of precautions to maintain the “RHONY” crew protected.

      “The truth that there are such a lot of folks commenting about my sheer masks not being COVID-safe makes me query everyone’s intelligence and customary sense,” she stated on her Instagram Tales over the weekend. “Like, no s—t, clearly it’s not for cover. It’s a part of my look.”

      Continued McSweeney, “You already know what was for cover? Getting examined for COVID the day earlier than [filming]. Getting examined for COVID two days earlier than that. Staying six toes other than everyone. The protocol that went into the reunion was insane, not like something I had ever seen. So anybody leaving a remark being like, ‘That sheer masks doesn’t assist,’ f—ok off.”

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