New Mexico Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart on Friday touted gains the state has made in increasing internet access for students and tracking down about half of those who fell off school rolls.

But Stewart admitted more work must be done to help kids thrive amid the COVID-19 pandemic. During a virtual news conference, Stewart also said that while many younger children will able to return to classrooms in January, the department still has no timeline for opening campuses to middle and high school students.

Equity was at the heart of his discussion on where the state’s education system stands at the halfway point of 2020-21, when students largely have been learning from home via online platforms.



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