Teacher burnout and shortages. Lost instructional time. Questions over mask requirements. The frontlines of culture wars. An unprecedented influx of federal funding. Even as many states have several semesters of “back to school” under their belt, journalists are working to make sense of a period of unprecedented transformation in K-12 schools.

What political, social, and industry trends are driving K-12 journalism today? What types of stories are most interesting for journalists in the space? What perspectives are journalists most eager to hear from?

On April 20, W/A’s Thomas Rodgers moderated a discussion with Lori Higgins of Chalkbeat Detroit, Christina Samuels of The Hechinger Report, Cory Turner of NPR, and Alia Wong of USA Today, on what’s next for K-12 education.