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Jennifer O'Neal Schiess

If New York does receive a waiver, its schools will lose another year of data that represents the only available measure of performance for every student in every school — data that can expose inequities in outcomes for students and drive decisions about where to target resources.

Phillip Burgoyne-Allen
Bonnie O'Keefe

Students need a way to get to school safely and on time each day, whether by yellow bus, public transit, personal vehicle, biking, or walking. These options come with vastly different environmental implications that affect students and communities.

Justin Trinidad

Youth in foster care experience significant obstacles in their lives, and the pandemic will only exacerbate the challenges of frequent transitions between homecare placements and schools and unmet physical and mental health needs. For a choice system to be effective, that system must prioritize the children who have the greatest barriers facing them.

Chad Aldeman

What a 2005 earthquake in Pakistan can teach American educators about learning loss after a disaster. Distance learning efforts have gone poorly and amplified inequities. If nothing changes, prepare for large and inequitable learning losses to hit the COVID generation of students, and for those effects to carry on into the future

Lina Bankert
Jeff Schulz

The U.S. education system was fraught with obstacles for first-generation college students long before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the path to a college degree has become even more perilous for millions of middle- and low-income students in the last few months.  Policymakers and school leaders in more places must address the immediate pressures while also building a more innovative and tenable college advising solution for the future.

Juliet Squire

Just as schools receive charters to run independently of districts, teachers could receive charters to run classrooms independently of schools. In addition to providing teachers with more autonomy, charter teachers would give families the opportunity to select not the school their child attends but the individual who guides their child’s learning and development.

Chad Aldeman
Anne Hyslop

Districts are calling the shots during COVID shutdowns. So why hold schools alone accountable for student learning? Districts control factors, such as access to technology and decisions about school calendars and time, that determine whether students can learn during the pandemic. Meaning most of the country is holding the wrong entity — schools — accountable. If districts are making many of the decisions that affect student learning during the pandemic, they, not schools alone, should bear responsibility for the results.


Chad Aldeman
Alex Spurrier
Jennifer O'Neal Schiess

To ensure that students aren’t left behind as schools continue educating during a pandemic, policymakers must ensure that accountability systems are adapted and sustained rather than sidelined during this critical moment for kids.

Mary K. Wells

The pandemic will decide when schools can reopen. Educators must start building robust online learning systems for next year. We need schools to be realistic about the coming year and use this summer to prepare to address the academic and social-emotional needs of every student virtually. Instead of re-spacing desks, teachers should concentrate on delivering high-quality, content-rich instruction online. Instead of focusing on complicated transportation scenarios, districts can implement innovative new virtual roles for teachers

Chad Aldeman
Ashley Darcy-Mahoney

Data shows that children are at the lowest risk for catching or spreading COVID-19 so its time to get them back to school.