The Council of Chief State School Officers has taken a broad inventory of what states will have to deal with when they reopen buildings shuttered due to the pandemic, from student health and safety to academics.

The new "Rethink K-12 Education Models" program under the CARES Act has $180 million in grant money to distribute to states, and is divided into three grant priorities.

There could be an 8.4 percent reduction in the U.S. teaching corps, and some states could see reductions as large as 20 percent, according to a new analysis by the Learning Policy Institute.

The proposed priority for special education grants is the latest push by the U.S. Secretary of Education to embed more choice for students and educators in federal K-12 funding.

Without significantly more federal assistance for schools, the coronavirus pandemic would lead to an "educational catastrophe," the Council of the Great City Schools has told Congress.

Congress should not grant flexibility from the federal special education law's key components due to the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has told federal lawmakers.

"This is the time for local education leaders to unleash their creativity and ingenuity," Betsy DeVos said when she announced these Rethink K-12 School Models grants.

States and school districts are going to be asked and required to report a decent amount of how they spend coronavirus emergency money. So what could we learn?

It's a stunning reality: More than 85 percent of America's public school students won't be returning to their classrooms at all this academic year, a number that will surely reach close to 100 percent soon as the fight against coronavirus wears on.

Massachusetts is the fifth state to join the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority created through the Every Student Succeeds Act, which allows states to experiment with new forms of testing.

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