Bradley Marianno is the Director of the Center for Research, Evaluation, and Assessment, and an assistant professor of educational policy and leadership at UNLV. His research focuses on the consequences of local and state education policy change for educational governance with a substantive focus on teacher labor policy, teachers’ unions, and the micro politics of policy decision-making and implementation. His research specialties include teacher strikes and the role of teachers’ unions in state politics.
This kind of matches the anecdotal stories you [hear] at school board meetings, and you see the decisions being made ... are far more about political views and special interest groups' strength than they are actually about, as we say, following the science in terms of the pandemic severity. While the COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented crisis and we still don't know much about the virus, schools have been more hesitant to reopen than they actually need to be. There's a growing amount of evidence out there that suggests that we're widening opportunity gaps for our kids the longer we remain in distance learning.5 July 2021