Reopening Stronger

This school year represents an opportunity for our education system to recommit to support the success of all students whether students are learning in-person, remotely, or a blend of the two.
The educational decisions New York State makes will result in one of two outcomes: perpetuating the inequities that are entrenched in our education system, or making real progress to address them.
On this page, you will find resources for parents, community stakeholders, and advocates to transparently view school district reopening plans and read our analysis of the plans’ commitment to educational equity – including providing high-quality instruction to all students, improving remote learning, advancing anti-racist policies and practices, and keeping families engaged throughout the process.

Parent Perspectives on the New School Year

New poll finds parent satisfaction with remote learning is low, particularly among parents of color and parents from low-income communities.

Remote Learning Takes Center Stage

A month into the new school year, new data reveal that students from low-income backgrounds and students of color are much more likely than their peers to be learning fully remote. The disproportionate reliance on remote learning for students who were underserved even before the pandemic raises significant educational equity questions for state policymakers.

Early warnings in New York City

Initial data on student attendance show New York City schools are struggling to engage historically underserved students.

Listening to Parents

New poll finds Black and Latinx families and families from low-income backgrounds disproportionately plan to rely on remote learning this fall, pointing to the importance of ensuring quality remote instruction and support.

Uncertain Times, Unanswered Questions

As students across New York prepare to return to school in the coming weeks, our analysis of 50 school district reopening plans raises major questions about district readiness to support students equitably in a remote learning environment.

Find your district’s Reopening plan

School reopening plans are important public information, and you can find a link to each school district and charter school plan submitted to the New York State Education Department here. Click on the map to search our interactive database.