In the year since Hurricane Maria, Education Week has been following the story of Puerto Rico’s devastation and the island’s slow rebuilding as seen through the eyes of educators and students. The school system was until recently the third-largest in the U.S. and just this year closed more than 250 schools. But that’s only part of the story. To understand the current context, it’s important to understand Puerto Rico’s history. Correspondent Kavitha Cardoza visited some of the hardest-hit schools and shares what she learned.