The state of our nation’s public schools is bleak. We’ve known for years that our public schools are ailing, but the pandemic was crucial in exposing even more cracks in our nation’s school system. At large, American children are not receiving an education that prepares them for college, an apprenticeship, or even to properly balance a checkbook. Students are graduating high school lacking basic literacy and numeracy skills. A startling number don't even graduate at all.