On the first school day following the killing of George Floyd, New York City high-school speech pathologist Tova Itzkovitz had an uneasy feeling as she logged into her virtual classroom.

About 60% of the students at Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts in Harlem, where she works, are African-American and 40% are Latino. Ms. Itzkovitz worried that the bond she had built with many of her students could be in jeopardy.

“I…

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