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The New Reality Roundup | Week 58

It is week 58 of our new reality and for many students around the country, we have entered the last two months of this fragmented and disrupted school year.

Even as we look to the summer and beyond, it is important to remember that we are still likely losing ground due to school closures. For example, according to the most recent data released by the Biden administration, just 29% of eighth-graders are attending in-person classes five days a week. And, as Lauren Camera explains in US News, “while all students are suffering, the country’s most disadvantaged – those who came into the pandemic with the fewest opportunities – are on track to exit with the greatest learning loss.”

What America’s students deserve is not a return to a normal that left so many students behind, but a return to better.

Last time in The New Reality Roundup, we looked at a key win for GeorgiaCAN in expanding the special needs scholarship along with a recent report on learning loss from JerseyCAN that is driving important conversations across the state.

This week, we explore how reimagining summer could help make up for lost time and we put a spotlight on the importance of empowering families and communities with information on how students are doing to better inform our recovery plans.

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Special Needs Scholarship Expansion: A Key Victory for Georgia Kids


Georgia students with special needs and their families experienced a significant victory today. Legislation to expand educational options is now on its way to Governor Kemp for his signature. After clearing the House last Thursday, today the Georgia State Senate gave final approval to SB47.