It is no secret that Detroit is a city that has experienced more than its share of challenges. From 2010 through 2019, Detroit went through a period of economic growth, though it was focused on a circumscribed area in and around the greater downtown business district and Midtown. Much of this economic resurgence has disproportionately benefited affluent whites, reflecting a migration back to certain areas of the city after generations of white flight. This was the landscape before March of 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic began to grip the country and exposed and exacerbated the racial chasms that were already in place. In Detroit, one of the most segregated cities in the country, the fallout of the pandemic not only highlighted the racial disparities in economics, housing, health care and education, but also it made them worse. This issue of Highlights focuses on the impacts of COVID on education in Detroit.