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Education Week visited Puerto Rico several times to report on the impact of Hurricane Maria on the island’s schools, teachers, and students. This photo was taken in Loíza on August 15, 2018. —Swikar Patel/Education Week The island’s schools face hard decisions, scarce resources, and an opportunity By Julia Keleher April 3, 2019

Seventeen months ago, and eight months after I became the secretary of education in Puerto Rico, the worst hurricane in over a century decimated much of the island, dislocating thousands of families and bringing daily life here to a halt. Our school buildings were no exception; those that weren’t destroyed suffered damage ranging from power outages to missing roofs. We continue to wait for approval

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