New York will work alongside the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to “reimagine education” in the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.
Though the coronavirus pandemic is a “devastating and costly moment in history,” Cuomo said, there are lessons to be learned and opportunities for betterment across many sectors.
New York should “take this experience and really learn how we can do differently and better with our education system in terms of technology and virtual education,” Cuomo said. “It’s not about just reopening schools. When we reopen schools, let’s open a better school and let’s open a smarter education system.”
The state’s 4.2 million students have been absent from their classrooms and learning remotely since March 18—when schools and colleges shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic—and are set to continue doing so for the foreseeable future. Cuomo announced last Friday that schools statewide would remain closed for the remainder of the academic year, at least.