May 15, 2020

Darling-Hammond: We must get kids back to school — safely

Photo by SEL4Ca.org

By Linda Darling-Hammond, CA State Board of Education president

The gradual reopening of workplaces means the gradual return to work for parents. This will put pressure on schools to reopen. Also, there is urgency to address potential learning gaps created by the suspension of in-person instruction this spring. We know that distance learning had an uneven rollout early on in the shutdown. Even now, despite huge efforts by many districts and real progress, we have not yet closed the digital divide for thousands of students.

With this in mind, Governor Newsom last week suggested that some districts might head “back to school” as early as late July or early August.

That comment prompted a flurry of speculation and phone calls…

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