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Lessons Learned: Conquering Today’s Challenges in K-12 Education

Listen as Hanover leaders and our esteemed panelists share strategies for addressing the digital divide, navigating declining enrollment, and managing a challenging budget season.


While the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for K-12 leaders, it has also presented a generational opportunity for transformation and systemic reform across local, regional, and state education agencies. There is universal acceptance that inequities in educational access have been exacerbated by the pandemic, and K-12 leaders have a unique opportunity to leverage the lessons learned during the 2020-2021 school year as a catalyst for change.


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Total Runtime: 58:41

Hanover’s 2021 Trends in K-12 Education report summarizes what Hanover’s K-12 researchers and advisors observed in their work with hundreds of local, regional, and state education agencies across the country, including:

  • A widening educational equity gap
  • Higher levels of teacher shortages
  • Increased demand for mental health and social-emotional services for students and staff

Additionally, these challenges occur alongside decreases in public school enrollments and an impending budget crisis.

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Key Takeaways

Local education agencies need support from their regional and state education agencies to tackle the digital divide

Although many district leaders are concerned about declining enrollment, leaders must also examine equity issues related to enrollment

Many districts are grappling with increased spending needs against the backdrop of reductions in tax revenues and cuts in state funding

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