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School districts across California have closed their doors as communities go on lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic, and instructional time for millions of the state’s K-12 students is now spent at kitchen tables instead of classrooms.

This new reality has created obstacles for teachers who are experimenting with distance learning on a massive scale, parents who are juggling homeschooling with working remotely and myriad other stressors, and students who are used to face-to-face instruction.

CalMatters K-12 reporter Ricardo Cano talks to Linda Darling-Hammond, the president of California’s State Board of Education, and Cindy Marten, the superintendent of San Diego Unified School District, about what the state is doing to prepare parents, students and educators for homeschooling and distance learning during this unprecedented chapter in California’s history.

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