COVID-19 Recovery & Schools

In Education Transformed, our March 2021 report, Texas Appleseed examined the extraordinarily detrimental impact of the coronavirus pandemic on young Texans — both in their communities and their schools. More than three years after the pandemic upended life across the globe, young Texans feel the burden of an unsustainable push back to normal life, and they are contending with an ongoing inadequate response from all levels of government. In each aspect of our Education Justice advocacy, we are urging policymakers to acknowledge the material impact of the pandemic and to structure relief for young Texans accordingly.

Team Members

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Andrew R. Hairston

Education Justice Project

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Renuka Rege

Senior Staff Attorney,
Education Justice Project

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Ellen Stone, Ph.D.

Director of Research

Key Statistics

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In the fall of 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, over 200 students and parents received referrals to truancy court in Duncanville ISD and Mesquite ISD, collectively.

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During the 2020-21 academic year, 97 school districts across the state reported student engagement of 75% or less from enrolled students.