State Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz, chair of the Senate Education Committee, on Nov. 19 introduced legislation that would require the Department of Education to put together a learning loss report in relation to the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on students statewide.

“If we are genuinely committed to closing the achievement gap, we must acknowledge there was a divide pre-COVID, we must assess to see where we are now, in the midst of the pandemic, and we must invest post-COVID to ensure that gap does not continue to grow the way it has over the last eight months,” Ruiz said in a story by Insider NJ.

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