How Puerto Rico’s Educators See Their Schools a Year After Hurricane Maria
One year ago, Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico. For the educators, students, and parents who remain on the island, nothing has been the same since.
In sheer practical terms, they are grappling with lingering storm damage, shifts in school assignments after hundreds of buildings were closed in the wake of the hurricane, and the implications of a system-wide reorganization.
Amid it all, the island’s education leaders are still trying to grasp the extent of the trauma they and their school communities are suffering, and how best to address that emotional and psychological pain.
An Education Week reporting team visited several schools in Puerto Rico at the start of the new school year, and talked with teachers, administrators, and others about the lingering challenges caused or exacerbated by the storm. Here are some of their stories.