You can hear the frustration of Cade Brumley, Louisiana’s superintendent of schools: “A ton of momentum that we had, we are going to have to rebuild it again.”
As the top education official during the COVID-19 crisis — now in its fourth deadly wave — Brumley has seen the extraordinary disruptions caused by children being out of school. Students and teachers, and families, tried to adjust with distance learning.
It was momentum we were seeing, as about three of four public school students were back in classes by the end of May. Brumley and his colleagues in school districts were using new federal money for catch-up programs like vastly expanded summer school.
Hurricane Ida now presents new challenges. Twenty-five affected districts are totaling up the damages, some of them