How one superintendent plans to reopen her schools : The Indicator from Planet Money The question of whether to reopen schools or educate children at home is medically sensitive, logistically complicated and politically fraught. How one superintendent is handling it.

Opening Schools: Mission Impossible

Opening Schools: Mission Impossible

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FORT WORTH - APRIL 30: Fort Worth Independent School District custodian Necie Homer wipes down a classroom with disinfectant in an effort to stop the spread of the swine flu virus at Arlington Heights High School on April 30, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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The decision about whether to reopen schools while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage is complicated by logistics, health questions and politics. It's particularly difficult in districts where there is a wide diversity of language, and where many families are enduring poverty.

School superintendents and administrators are caught between wanting to educate - and often feed - their student body and keeping kids safe. In Indiana, their hands have been forced by state legislators, who say they might withhold funding unless schools reopen.

Today on The Indicator, we speak to one Indiana school superintendent, to see how she plans to handle back-to-school in the midst of a health crisis.

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