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COLUMN: We could have avoided this disastrous fall

A timeless routine, now broken by massive human failures: a raging pandemic, fires and floods fueled by climate change, and, in New York, a twice-delayed reopening debacle in the nation’s largest public-school system that is enraging parents, confusing educators and leading to increasing despair that school as we once knew it will never return.

Colleges in Crisis

Hundreds of colleges and universities had financial warning signs long before the coronavirus threatened to make everything worse. Our Hechinger Report/NBCNews.com collaboration analyzed higher education’s poor financial health, explored how it got that way and looked at the ultimate consequences for students.


The coronavirus is upending our education system, with schools and campuses closing, classes going remote and students missing out on milestones like graduation. We’ll bring you stories of how the virus is exposing educational divides, disrupting the way students learn, and forcing education institutions to adapt to a new reality.   

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