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March 16, 2021

8 Ways a Year Of Dueling Crises Is Shaping The Future Of K-12 Schools

Fight for Life, Indianapolis, INSource: K-12 Drive | Repost Fight for Life Foundation 3/16/2021

The impacts of a pandemic that disrupted school from the ground up and the nation’s reckoning with systemic racism will be felt in education for years to come.

Over the past year, school and district leaders were confronted with the challenge of a lifetime. In March 2020, a global pandemic ground the K-12 public education system to a halt, sending educators scrambling to adapt to distance learning models alongside their students, and requiring administrators to strain to close gaps in access to devices and home internet while maintaining special education services, meal programs for high-needs students, plan for how to safely reopen when possible and more.

But alongside COVID-19, they also faced a dual crisis that required equal precision and speed: the nation’s reckoning with systemic racism, ignited by the police-involved deaths of Black Americans. And to top it all off, the year was capped by the most contentious presidential election and transition of power perhaps in modern history.

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