Case Report - August 13, 2020

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You're reading Case Report, a digest of our expert network's best research, analysis, and policy recommendations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As some schools begin to reopen and others consider their options, it’s no surprise that our experts are once again analyzing the state of America’s education system. At all levels, uncertainties abound about how to teach our nation’s students during a pandemic and SSN members are there to share evidence-based opinions to inform the ongoing debate.

A new Works Progress Administration could create ‘learning pods’ for all schoolchildren

In this opinion piece, sociologist Barbara Risman makes the case for a bold new plan to educate schoolchildren: a new Works Progress Administration that hires unemployed people to be “learning pod” supervisors for small groups of children learning from home. [Chicago Tribune]

Know Your Pandemic Schooling Options

As school districts continue to weigh their options for the fall, education researcher Heather Hill argues that many districts still haven’t taken the steps necessary to make remote learning accessible to all students. [New York Times]

Where Parents And Teachers Can Find Common Ground On Reopening Mass. Schools

In this opinion piece, health economist and physician Benjamin Sommers teams up with a local public school teacher to show how people can find common ground in the increasingly heated school reopening debate. [WBUR]

There Are Other Options Besides Reopening Schools

For those who have had to cut hours or quit their jobs entirely to care for children learning from home, economist Francine Blau suggests that providing a reliable form of continuous income could help alleviate both economic and psychological hardships. [The Atlantic]

The United States Is Reopening Many of the Wrong Schools

Economist Susan Dynarski argues in this opinion piece that although it’s most important to get the youngest children back into school buildings when it's safe to do so, financial pressures have led college students to be more likely than kindergarteners to return for in-person instruction. [New York Times