Business as unusual: opening businesses and canceled school leave parents with tough decisions

By Joshua Skinner
Medill Reports

On April 19th, Texas Gov, Greg Abbott announced a series of executive orders. Among those were the closing of schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year and the gradual reopening of businesses.

The two orders have the potential to create a problem for parents, forcing them to choose between going to work or making sure their children learn their schoolwork at home. Luckily, there’s a law for that.

Photo at top: Daniella, 6, and Elia Martinez, 4, read schoolwork at home. (Lisa Martinez/MEDILL)