U.S. Department of Education urges states to educate all students

Every child can receive an education while school is suspended

The U.S. Department of Education released a fact sheet providing clarification to their initial guidance released amidst the COVID-19 pandemic:

In response to concerns raised by disability rights advocates across the country, Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, clarified: “Nothing issued by this Department should in any way prevent any school from offering educational programs through distance instruction.

We will watch to be sure that the U.S. Department of Education follows up on that promise.

Education looks different than it did a month ago

Getting an education doesn’t look the same as it did a month ago for any child. It may take further efforts to accommodate students with disabilities, but with all of us coming together to think creatively, many students will be able to continue making progress toward their educational goals. Every child should be able to continue their education while school is suspended.

The bottom line is schools need to make their best effort to offer an education to as many children as possible during the suspension of normal public school operations.

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