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Kids’ school schedules have never matched parents’ work obligations and the pandemic is making things worse

The Conversation | Taryn Morrissey

While children attend K-12 public schools for an average of 1,195 hours per year, a full-time working parent averages twice as much time, about 2,450 hours per year, working and commuting. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed parents’ delicate, very difficult and unsustainable balancing act.

This complex crisis offers a time of reckoning. Americans have an opportunity to re-imagine how the government can support family life – to make raising children less expensive, less stressful, more socially just and simply better for everyone.

Taryn Morrissey is Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy, American University School of Public Affairs.