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Scientists agree that the health crises caused by the coronavirus pandemic will last longer than expected. But according to the best labor economists, the slump will likely last at least into 2022. The majority of economic-impact discussions have focused on the stock market, unemployment rates, and small businesses. However, it becomes clearer by the day that school and college closures could jeopardize the entire U.S. education industry, putting young people at serious risk for years to come. Without quick action, the long-term economic consequences could be catastrophic. 

The closure of the overwhelming majority of the nation’s elementary and

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