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How pandemic-related learning loss may hurt Arizona's economic future

Arizona could have thousands fewer high school and college graduates and an economy hundreds of millions of dollars smaller if efforts to reverse pandemic-related learning loss are not successful. Those are among the findings of a new report from the Common Sense Institute Arizona.

State schools Superintendent Tom Horne recently announced he was taking back millions of federal COVID-19 relief dollars, and moving them to one-on-one tutoring programs. Money from the federal government aimed at dealing with COVID-19-related learning loss not used by the end of next September will go back to Washington, D.C.

The Show spoke with Lisa Graham Keegan, an education consultant, former state schools superintendent and senior education fellow at the Common Sense Institute, about it.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.