New England states are asking visitors to self-isolate for 14 days to slow the spread of coronavirus. This week on NEXT, we look at Rhode Island’s approach to out-of-staters as COVID-19 cases rise. And we head to Maine, where a toilet paper company is trying to meet demand for rolls of “white gold.” Plus, the unintended consequences of school choice.
Welcome To Rhode Island, Now Go Quarantine
Under usual circumstances, states in New England welcome tourists with open arms. They want them shopping in their grocery stores and strolling through towns and parks. But these are not normal times. A number of states, including Vermont and Rhode Island, have ordered all out-of-state visitors to self-quarantine for 14 days, in hopes this will help stem the spread of the coronavirus.
Maine Family-Owned Factory Cranks Out Rolls Of ‘White Gold’ As Demand For Toilet Paper Soars
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to panic-buying of certain goods, notably toilet paper. Some stores have sold out, others have resorted to extreme rationing — even to just one roll per customer. This has led some people to call toilet paper “white gold.” The sudden demand is proving to be both a challenge and an opportunity for one fledgling family business in a part of Maine that has struggled through hard times in the paper industry.
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Do Parents Really Want School Integration?
A new report says the majority of U.S. parents want schools that are racially and economically integrated. But in districts where parents have school choice, schools tend to become more segregated. NEXT spoke with Eric Torres, a PhD student and co-author of the report from the Making Caring Common Project at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.
Hartford, Conn., has been held up by researchers and U.S. education officials as a model for school integration. After a major court decision in 1996, publicly-funded magnet schools were built in the Hartford area as a way to voluntarily integrate schools — and attract white families.
Since then, thousands of city and suburban students have gone to magnet schools. But Kamora Herrington’s son Isaiah is not one of them.
“My kid was not able to go there because we did not win a lottery,” Herrington, who is black and a community advocate in Hartford, told NEXT. “Lots of little white families were able to send their children.”
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NEXT is produced at Connecticut Public Radio
Host/Producer: Morgan Springer
Executive Editor: Vanessa de la Torre
Senior Director: Catie Talarski
Contributors to this episode: Alex Nunes, Jennifer Mitchell, Howard Weiss-Tisman, Carrie Jung, Sara Willa Ernst and Jimmy Gutierrez.
Guests: Eric Torres and Kamora Herrington.
Music: Todd Merrell, “New England” by Goodnight Blue Moon, “Salt” by Ben Cosgrove and “On My Way To You” by Noelle Micarelli.
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