ERIC SCHMITT, Senator for Missouri

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Eric Schmitt sent a letter to Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona demanding answers regarding the severe learning loss of students across the United States caused by unprecedented school shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic:

“Thousands of classrooms across America are struggling to mitigate learning loss caused by unnecessary school shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the letter reads. “Parents, families, responsible educators, and lawmakers alike demand and deserve accountability in the classroom. Parents entrust teachers with the responsibility of teaching their children math, reading, and history because education is paramount to supporting our communities’ continued growth and achievement. We must support our students and get their education back on track.”

“We owe it to future generations to guarantee they have the opportunities and resources to become educated citizens ready to contribute to their communities. All stakeholders in education need to be held accountable and serve the students to secure their achievement and success when they leave school,” the letter continues.