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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (Northern Mariana Islands)

The Education and Labor Committee held a virtual hearing Monday to hear from school officials and experts on the impact COVID-19 has on their funding and their students’ ability to keep up with their studies. School superintendents discussed how their districts, like the Marianas Public School System, did not have the resources or training to quickly establish remote learning programs, leaving students, parents, and teachers scrambling to make up the lost learning time. I queried Cleveland Public Schools CEO Eric Gordon about the challenges he faces safely reopening schools which needed major repairs to HVAC and other critical systems before the pandemic. Gordon said COVID-19-related expenses had postponed plans to fund repair work and that federal investments in the Rebuild America’s Schools Act would help. The funding would also expand internet access so more students can participate in remote learning on-line. Watch the hearing here.