September 29, 2021
The COVID Constituency project was developed by The Hunt Institute, in collaboration with Governor Bob Wise, former congressman and governor of West Virginia. Through the project, we seek to collect the firsthand COVID experiences, perceptions, and priorities from students, parents, and teachers, and translate them into actionable policies that will fundamentally change education for the better. This blog series will offer space to share and amplify the desires of the new COVID Constituency and provide resources that will help inform policymakers as they work to transform education, while allowing opportunity for others to contribute information and partner in this important work.
As our report highlights, Americans care deeply about education issues. Their shared experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic have heightened their sensitivity to the shortcomings of the education system and have fostered a vision for change. Families seeing their children affected by the academic and emotional impacts of the COVID shutdown further fuels public concern. From the polls, we see emerging education priorities from the COVID Constituency. Americans have expressed strong interest for providing student wellness support systems, implementing personalized learning, addressing the digital divide, and investing in job skills and workforce training.
By identifying the priorities of the COVID Constituency, we hope to encourage policymakers and education leadership to take major action.
Fully recognizing that across the country our schools are still in triage or transitioning to reopening phases of recovery, there are a few practical steps policymakers and education leaders can take as they work towards education transformation over the next three years.
This is a critical period for deciding whether there will be genuine transformation of the education system or just a return to an unsatisfactory status quo.
Almost two years of shared sacrifice has created an unexpected public movement that supports significant action. We encourage all those who are committed to true education transformation to read and share our report.
Join us as we work to support and promote the voices of the COVID Constituency in making bold change in education. If you are interested in learning more about the COVID Constituency work, please contact us here. Read the full report below.