| Updated: October 19, 2017

Inside Puerto Rico's Recovery Efforts

On-the-Ground Coverage


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Hurricane Maria slammed the island of Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, swamping towns and displacing residents from their homes. Education Week Assistant Editor Andrew Ujifusa and Deputy Director of Photography Swikar Patel traveled to the U.S. territory to see how educators, students, and their families were coping. They also documented the island’s efforts to reopen their schools. Check out their reporting below:







Puerto Rico Faces Huge Challenges in Rebuilding, Reinventing K-12 Education

Puerto Rico Faces Huge Challenges in Rebuilding, Reinventing K-12 Education

Oct. 19, 2017 | San Juan, Puerto Rico

A positive transformation for the island's long struggling schools might be crippled before it can even start—or never take place at all.
















In Puerto Rico, a Daunting Effort to Reopen Schools, Headed by a Determined Leader

A Daunting Effort to Reopen Schools, Headed by a Determined Leader

Oct. 8, 2017 | San Juan, Puerto Rico

A fraction of the island's schools have opened again in the weeks since Hurricane Maria, while educators work hard to assess storm damage and open those that remain viable.









Puerto Rican Schools Offer Lifeline in Devastated Communities

Puerto Rican Schools Offer Lifeline in Devastated Communities

Oct. 9, 2017 | Utuado, Puerto Rico

Though still closed to students, schools in many storm-ravaged parts of Puerto Rico serve as key staging areas for relief efforts, including food preparation and shelter.









This Is My Island. My Students Need Me.

'This Is My Island. My Students Need Me.'

Oct. 9, 2017 | Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Teachers in the coastal city of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, have been cleaning up their high school in hopes of welcoming back students later this month.









Puerto Rico Teachers' Union Adds Muscle to School Recovery Efforts
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Teachers' Union Adds Muscle to School Recovery Efforts

Oct. 11, 2017 | San Juan, Puerto Rico

From funneling supplies to helping students and teachers get back on their feet emotionally, the island’s 40,000-member union plays a range of roles in the wake of Hurricane Maria.









In Puerto Rico, Chef José Andrés Heralds School Cooks Feeding Those in Need
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Chef José Andrés Heralds School Cooks Feeding Those in Need

Oct. 10, 2017 | San Juan, Puerto Rico

The renowned chef and restaurant magnate is teaming up with Puerto Rico's education agency to organize school-based cooks around the island.









Through a 5th Grader's Eyes: Puerto Rico's School Disruption

Through a 5th Grader's Eyes: Puerto Rico's School Disruption

Oct. 11, 2017 | San Juan, Puerto Rico

Odaric Rodriguez Ortega misses his teacher and the classes that may not resume again till late November, even as he worries about those who have been hurt by Hurricane Maria.









At Puerto Rican School, Lifting Spirits With Read-Aloud Event

At Puerto Rican School, Lifting Spirits With Read-Aloud Event

Oct. 10, 2017 | Bayamon, Puerto Rico

School "should be ... where the community can come together and deal with these issues," said the principal of a K-8 school that hosted a read-aloud activity.









Boredom, Makeshift Lessons at Puerto Rican School Turned Shelter

Boredom, Makeshift Lessons at Puerto Rican School Turned Shelter

Oct. 10, 2017 | Utuado, Puerto Rico

Practicing their vowels and arithmetic only goes so far for a pair of brothers making a classroom their home for now in the wake of Hurricane Maria.









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