I find it striking that education during the pandemic hasn’t come up more often as an issue in election debates or in candidate materials, because so many people I meet mention it. The main concern? Many feel that while schools, teachers and parents are making the best of a difficult situation, months of distance learning have slowed their children’s progress, and they worry about how they’ll catch up when everyone is consistently back at school full-time.
Fortunately, while the state has provided public health guidance for the pandemic, it has acknowledged that local districts know best how to manage academic and scheduling issues. That shouldn’t change when full-time school resumes.