Students across the state have struggled during the past two years. The COVID-19 pandemic prompted school closures that lasted a year or longer for some students–forcing many to try to navigate virtual learning, sometimes in the absence of working parents. Some students with developmental delays weren’t able to get the same level of attention they might have received in person.
NEWS COVERAGE. YOU CAN COME HOME. >> SOME STUDENTS ARE MONTHS BEHIND IN READING EVEN MORE THAN A YEAR IN MATH. NOW, SCHOOL SYSTEMS IN OUR AREA ARE TRYING A NEW APPROACH TO HELP TACKLE LEARNING LOSS IN THE CLASSROOM. THANKS FOR JOINING US ON DAN HAGGERTY. AND I’M LENA TILLETT. SCHOOLS ARE PAYING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO HIRE TUTORS COACHES IN SPECIALIST FOR THE KIDS WRAL’S DURHAM REPORTER SARAH KRUEGER TEAMED UP WITH OUR EDUCATION INSIDER. EMILY WALKING HORST TO EXAMINE THESE NEW ROLES. AND IF THEY’RE WORKING. 356 MILLION DOLLARS, THAT IS HOW MUCH SCHOOL SYSTEMS IN OUR AREA PLAN TO SPEND ON THIS. THERE IS A BIG NEED AS MANY STUDENTS HAVE FALLEN BEHIND DUE TO COVID EARLY INDICATIONS ARE THIS. >> IS WORKING IN A CLASSROOM FULL OF STUDENTS OF DIFFERENT ABILITY LEVELS. THERE’S ONLY SO MUCH ONE TEACHER CAN DO. >> CAN WE CATCH THEM UP? ACADEMICALLY WE CAN TRY AND IT’S I CAN TELL YOU THEY’RE NOT AT THE POINT WHERE. AND ANOTHER YEAR THEY WOULD BE. THAT’S THE CASE FOR LANE PECO’S. A FIRST GRADE TEACHER AT WILDWOOD FOREST ELEMENTARY IN RALEIGH. >> THANKFULLY HELP HAS ARRIVED IN THE FORM OF RACHEL CORRIE, A FAMILY LITERACY TO DO HERE. I WAS, OF SPOKE TO TUR’S LIKE ARE BRIDGING THE GAP WORKING ONE-ON-ONE WITH STUDENTS TO IMPROVE READING SKILLS. AWESOME. AND I LOVE TO SEE SOME WAYS IN TOTAL SCHOOL SYSTEMS ACROSS OUR AREA HAVE DEVOTED 356 MILLION DOLLARS TO THE EFFORT THAT INCLUDES 43 MILLION BY WAKE COUNTY SCHOOLS. 28 MILLION FROM DURHAM AND 3.3 MILLION FROM ORANGE. LAUREN PIPER, LITERACY COORDINATOR FOR GRANVILLE COUNTY SCHOOLS SAYS THE EXTRA HANDS ARE ALREADY MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN JUST THE ONE YEAR THEY’VE BEEN AROUND. SHE’S SEEN THAT FIRSTHAND IN HER SECOND GRADE SON. MY HEART JUST EXPLODES WHEN THIS. JUST GRATITUDE THAT HE WAS BEEN ABLE TO TO ACCOMPLISH THIS MUCH GROWTH IN AT HALF. >> AND AS FAR AS THE SOURCE OF THAT 356 MILLION DOLLARS, THAT HAS BEEN ALLOTTED, THAT IS