How 2021 Set the Stage for a Seismic Overhaul of Education

The coronavirus pandemic in 2021 laid the groundwork for a reexamination of what’s asked of public schools, how they’re supported, and how they serve students and their families.

When America’s public school system began creeping back open in January 2021 after last year’s holiday break, only 32% of children were in school full-time five days a week – the majority of them from middle- and upper-income school districts that served mostly white families.

“We owe it to our students – especially students in underserved communities and students with disabilities – to get all our schools opened safely and to meet the social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs of all students,” Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said in one of his first communications as a newly minted member of the Biden administration. Click here to read more: