The primary 12 months of the Covid-19 pandemic was devastating: lecture rooms emptied, dorms shuttered, livelihoods shattered, thousands and thousands of lives misplaced.
Then got here 2021. “Irrespective of who I discuss to, they inform me: ‘That is the toughest 12 months that I’ve ever had in schooling,’” one faculty chief instructed The Hechinger Report this fall.
The gaps between youngsters with extra and kids with much less cracked wider. Trauma, despair and nervousness amongst caregivers, academics and college students spiked. The monetary burden of school turned an excessive amount of for too many college students. The virus ravaged households and left behind a whole lot of hundreds of orphans. Local weather change fueled fires, hurricanes and tornados, sowing extra chaos and disruption.
The Hechinger Report’s tales investigated the rising inequities, the deepening crises, the frustration and the divisions that made issues tougher to unravel. We additionally reported on the tenacity, creativity and hope that stored folks going even of their worst moments. The next photos seize the tragedy and resilience that marked 2021.
READ THE STORY:‘Backpacks stuffed with boulders’: How one district is addressing the trauma undocumented youngsters convey to high school
READ THE STORY: How a lot will it take to reopen, catch up youngsters and save public education long run?
READ THE STORY: If faculties don’t overhaul self-discipline, ‘academics will nonetheless be calling the police on our Black college students’
READ THE STORY: Outside preschools develop in reputation however most serve middle-class white youngsters
READ THE STORY: To serve youngsters within the pandemic, a tribe and a Washington faculty district create a singular studying house
READ THE STORY: Rural faculties have a trainer scarcity. Why don’t individuals who dwell there, train there?
READ THE STORY: An answer to the cycle of poverty?
READ THE STORY: As a district re-opens, one center schooler returned to high school and one other remained dwelling
READ THE STORY: Faculties struggle makes an attempt to cease them from withholding transcripts over unpaid payments
READ THE STORY: Faculties bar Native college students from sporting conventional regalia at commencement
READ THE STORY: Summer season faculty packages race to assist college students most in peril of falling behind
READ THE STORY: Instructor licensing guidelines are one motive small faculties don’t have sufficient academics
READ THE STORY: Youngster care, automotive seats and different easy methods to maintain teen mothers in class
READ THE STORY: Rural areas have been sluggish to connect with broadband. Extra public funding might pace issues up
READ THE STORY: When youngsters decide their ‘trusted grownup,’ it pays off
READ THE STORY: Federal cash is the one hope for varsity districts that may’t increase native funds for services
READ THE STORY: 3 Native American ladies head to varsity within the pandemic. Will they get a sophomore 12 months?
READ THE STORY: Getting educated whereas on energetic responsibility is getting tougher as army rolls again advantages
READ THE STORY: Why does New York state sue its school college students?
READ THE STORY: The racist and sexist roots of kid care in America clarify why the system is in shambles
READ THE STORY: We all know find out how to assist younger youngsters deal with the trauma of the final 12 months — however will we do it?
READ THE STORY: Why 2021 might be the beginning of a radical change in how Washington influences native faculties
READ THE STORY: ‘Simply let me play sports activities’
READ THE STORY:‘The Studying 12 months’: First grade is vital for studying expertise, however youngsters coming from disrupted kindergarten experiences are method behind
READ THE STORY: With trainer wellness “hanging by a thread,” one district tries strolling and smoothies
READ THE STORY:How PE academics are tackling ‘bodily studying loss’
READ THE STORY:A shocking motive preserving college students from ending school: A scarcity of transportation
READ THE STORY:A bit of-known program might be a mannequin for find out how to spend billions in federal cash on childcare