| Updated: February 13, 2018

Putting Puerto Rico’s Schools Back on Track

Education Week in the Field

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Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico’s 330,000-student school system last fall, and many storm-ravaged communities still struggle to meet the basic needs of students and teachers. In October 2017, Education Week traveled to the island to document the storm’s initial impact. Recently, Assistant Editor Andrew Ujifusa, Deputy Photo Director Swikar Patel, and Video Producer Erin Irwin went back for an intensive, on-the-ground look at the hard work of reviving the schools months after the hurricane made landfall. Their reporting and related coverage is below:

Crumbling Classrooms and Power Outages: Inside Puerto Rico's Storm-Damaged Schools

Crumbling Classrooms and Power Outages: Inside Puerto Rico's Storm-Damaged Schools

Feb. 1, 2018 | Loiza, Puerto Rico

Even in schools that are open, Hurricane Maria’s aftermath continues to pose physical and educational challenges for educators in still-recovering communities.

Tensions Rise Over Path Forward for Puerto Rico Schools

Feb. 9, 2018 | San Juan, Puerto Rico

Five months after Hurricane Maria disrupted the island’s already struggling schools, education leaders disagree about how to get the system back on track.

Map: Where Are They

Puerto Rican Students Displaced by Storm Adjust to Mainland Schools

Feb. 12, 2018

School districts with large Puerto Rican communities are hiring bilingual staff and monitoring student evacuees for signs of trauma.

A Pair of Rural Schools Struggle Back in Puerto Rico

Feb. 13, 2018 | Utuado, Puerto Rico

One isolated, the other in town, the two schools share a host of challenges in an area of the island hardest hit by Hurricane Maria five months ago.


Here is a peek at the photos from schools and communities in Puerto Rico that we're sharing on Instagram. For more, follow us.

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