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Coronavirus & Schools: How Are Maine Teachers, Students & Families Adapting to No Classroom Learning

Among the many drastic measures Maine has taken in the last week in the effort to contain the spread of coronavirus is the closing of K-12 schools. Top Maine educators discuss the challenges ahead with adjusting to online learning and addressing the needs of Maine children — including providing school meals.


Pender Makin, commissioner, Maine Department of Education

Maria Libby, superintendent, Five Towns Community School District

Shane Gower (by phone), teacher, Maranacook Community High School, Readfield

Ken Kunin (by phone), superintendent, South Portland School Department

Marie Robinson, superintendent, Katahdin Schools RSU89

Angus King (by phone), independent U.S. senator, Maine


Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.