Here's What Teachers From Across the Country Want You to Know About Returning to School

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Year after year, American teachers face overcrowded classrooms, a startling dearth of resources, and meager pay. And those are just some of the difficult circumstances educators navigate during “normal” times without a global pandemic raging in the background.

As a new school year approaches and US coronavirus cases continue to rise, the sacrifices teachers report being asked to make mark a new extreme. Ample scientific evidence shows that this disease spreads most effectively indoors with people in close proximity, yet some school districts are still attempting to forge ahead with in-person instruction this fall. To better understand the impossible choices educators are being forced to grapple with, we spoke to 12 teachers from across the country – Spanish teachers from South Dakota, special education teachers based in New Jersey, and more – about their fears and hopes for the difficult school year ahead.

Related: There Aren't Enough Black Teachers in the US – and We Desperately Need to Change That

*Names appearing with an asterisk have been changed and/or last names have been withheld at source’s request.

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