It is week 98 of our New Reality Roundup and in the ebb and flow between disruption and recovery, it looks like the retreat of Omicron may finally be bringing the efforts to help catch kids up back into focus.
As we suggested last time in the New Reality Roundup, the first step is to stop digging the hole we are in by limiting school closures this winter to ensure kids don’t fall further behind. As a new international report from UNICEF puts it: “The evidence is clear that there is no replacement for in-person learning and schools should reopen as soon as possible.”
This week, we look at what it will take to ensure all kids get high-quality tutoring and speak to Amanda Aragon, executive director of NewMexicoKidsCAN, about her efforts to help parents stay informed through an innovative new initiative focused on local education news–NMEducation.org–that launches today.
FROM THE FIELD
GeorgiaCAN obtained the first win of 2022 in the 50CAN network when they secured an allocation of $4.1 million of GEER money to help create 10 new charter schools throughout the state, a priority the team has had for the past two years. The team is also hosting the virtual Savannah Charter School Expo this week, an event that garnered attention from the local media.
DelawareCAN is also celebrating School Choice Week by hosting an event alongside the Delaware Charter Network, featuring a panel discussion with school leaders, educators and advocates.
TennesseeCAN’s >Victor Evans hit the media circuit last week to address how the 30-year old public funding formula in the state isn’t meeting the needs of under-resourced students and schools. Meanwhile TEN’s Nicholas Martinez shared his thoughts on the developing financial shortfall for Denver’s schools, as families have fled the rising prices in one of the country’s hottest markets.
Moment of Resilience
Windsor, Connecticut 5th grader, Makhi Ettienne-Modeste, was recently selected as the 2022 Kid Governor of Connecticut, having run on a platform centered around preventing animal cruelty. Makhi’s efforts are a reminder of the joy of great student advocacy and the importance–especially during a crisis–of not taking a year off in the work to make our world better.