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Small Schools in the Big Apple: How State-Level Policy Inhibits Microschooling and Learning Pods

Juliet Squire

In New York City, microschools and learning pods grew in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic in the 2020-21 school year due to frequent school closings. Unfortunately, New York’s current lack of public assistance programs for middle and low income families, among other factors, make their future uncertain. How can policymakers allow these alternative programs to thrive?