School Policy Maker Primer: Responding to Rapid Increases in Ed Tech Demand, Serving Students With Disabilities

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The current COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of the education enterprise in ways that have not been seen in almost a century. Weather events and other natural disasters have at times disrupted school operations, but not on the scale and for the length of time that is today’s reality. The lack of preparation for a complete and sustained shift from brick-and-mortar to online instruction has resulted in enormous challenges regarding equity and access. It has, albeit in hindsight, highlighted the need for comprehensive planning and coordination at the federal, state, and local levels to ensure that high-quality instruction can be delivered via \technology tools and systems in ways that prevent, or at least minimize, disruptions in student learning.