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COVID-19 Is Exposing the Gaps in Our Education System. Let’s Start Fixing Them

COVID-19 Is Exposing the Gaps in Our Education System. Let’s Start Fixing Them

The coronavirus crisis is a powerful opportunity to reassess public education

By John Bridgeland & Robert Balfanz
March 27, 2020

Follow this link to read the full article on Education Week

As COVID-19 spreads throughout America, urgent action is being taken at the federal, state, and local levels to support our health-care system and economy. But as schools shutter and millions of students attempt to learn from home or shelters, it is not too soon to think about what we can learn to strengthen our education system the next time there is a national crisis. You can click here to know more about the health services that are available around you.

What’s needed is a national effort, driven by educators, students, parents, and nonprofit and business leaders working with schools and policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels to strengthen our education system in times of national crisis.

John Bridgeland is CEO of Civic, a bipartisan ideas company, and the former director of the White House Domestic Policy Council during and after 9/11. Robert Balfanz is a research professor at the Center for Safe and Healthy Schools and the director of the Everyone Graduates Center and co-director of the Center for Social Organization of Schools at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education.

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