"If [Washington] does not approve substantial additional funding, state and local revenue losses will result in teacher layoffs and cuts to other supports and services that will take a generation to recover from," says Mike Casserly.


"A one-hour flight to Washington doesn't make you any smarter, and I don't think we need to come up with a bunch of big ideas up here and send them back to states to implement—especially in education," says Alexander.


"Folks in some foundations are quietly expressing frustration that they've been cautioned to stay in their lane and only fund things aligned with their pre-COVID strategy," says Stacey Childress.


"The current situation may force our hand to adjust our measures of evaluation, and, personally, I think it is beyond time that we push our thinking to include new ideas," says Hanna Skandera.


"Educators are completely redesigning instructional delivery while constantly being thrown new rules. It's like 'flying the plane as you build it,'" says Maddie Fennell.


"We don't know what the implications of this pandemic will be in the long-run, but ... I think this is something that will ultimately bring us together and make our coalitions stronger," says Marc Sternberg.


The first question teachers often get is, "Is this for a grade?" Educator and author Roxanna Elden always found that question irritating. As a parent in the age of COVID-19, she's been asking it every week.


"This pandemic has given us an opportunity to think boldly about students' educational needs and how to creatively respond to them," says Katherine Haley.


"The role of ed tech is to service teachers, students, and parents, and while there is opportunity right now, we shouldn't be opportunistic. Priority one needs to be finding ways to help," says Dan Ayoub.


Funders have been both fast and thoughtful about how to work with national and local partners to listen to needs from the field, identify best practices, and deploy resources quickly, says Celine Coggins.


The opinions expressed in Rick Hess Straight Up are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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