How Rural Schools Survived the Pandemic

Educators in the Most Remote Parts of the State Have Faced Unique Challenges—And Found Some Silver Linings

This essay publishes alongside the Zócalo/California Wellness Foundation event “Can Rural Education Survive the 21st Century?” airing tonight, Thursday, October 6, at 6 PM PDT. Register to attend in-person in Bakersfield, California, or stream live online here.

In my 15 years researching and working in K–12 education, I haven’t seen anything like the COVID-19 pandemic disruption to education. This is especially true in rural areas, whose remote location, lower population density, higher poverty rates, and limited access to internet infrastructure and health care made their …

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