Coronavirus has forced the closure of nearly all schools in America. In this unprecedented situation, school districts are confronting a host of immediate and long-term concerns, from making sure that students still have access to food to shifting whole systems to online learning. At the helm of these embattled school districts are superintendents.

Nat Malkus talks with two former superintendents about the issues superintendents are dealing with amid the coronavirus pandemic. Joining Nat are Josh Starr, who previously oversaw of Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland and Stamford Public Schools in Connecticut, and Duncan Klussmann, who served as superintendent of Spring Branch Independent School District in Texas.

Note: In keeping with CDC recommendations regarding social distancing, this podcast was recorded remotely. As such, the audio quality is slightly lower than normal. We are looking forward to the day when we can return to the AEI podcast studio!

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  1. Cow Girl Thatcher

    I’m “teaching” on-line at this time in the Clark County School District in Las Vegas. One good thing that has happened for us is that some of the on-line platforms for elementary students that normally charge for their services, have indicated that their services are being rolled out for no charge for the next three months. This has allowed us to have the students access them, as well as they can, and then we teachers can go on-line and see how the students are doing, and to make some assignments that we can see would be appropriate. 

    One very difficult problem is that there are many students whose only access to the internet is their mom’s phone. And they have brothers and sisters who are also being asked by their teachers to go to on-line learning platforms. I even have some students whose mom’s phone doesn’t even have access to the internet without phone cards. Now that she has been laid off from her casino housekeeping job, there is no money for those phone cards.

    It’s complicated.

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    • March 27, 2020, at 7:19 PM PDT
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