Yes, it’s always the MONEY!!! Isn’t it” … “Yes, we have mental health issues, but we also have crumbling schools, no computers. So the bucket has to be split,” she said.
Asked what the department’s work to help traumatized students and teachers needs most other than money, Suarez-Kindy replied, “No, it’s really just money.”
A report by Andrew Ujifusa for EdWeek.
Puerto Rico’s students and teachers are still grappling with fallout from Hurricane Maria more than a year after the storm struck the island. So what do we know about the extent of trauma in the U.S. territory’s schools, and what resources are being brought to bear to help them?
Schools have provided some data to help answer the question. Early last year, we wrote about the Puerto Rico Department of Education’s attempt to measure the extent to which students and educators were suffering trauma, depression, or other psychological impacts due to Maria. We alluded to this information late last month, but here’s some additional key analysis about the responses:
- Seven percent of students indicated they had “clinically significant symptoms” of post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Eight percent of students said they had “clinically significant symptoms” of depression.
- Nine percent of students indicated…
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