Six million California public school students were let out of school early. The state is urging districts to turn to online learning and has even told parents to take advantage of PBS programming, but the huge shift to kitchen-table learning has left parents reeling.
For nearly 800,000 students who rely on special education services, the struggle to manage children who need behavioral and speech therapy is even greater.
The pivot to remote learning has only exacerbated the academic divide, setting back students without computers or internet access. Districts across the state have to negotiate with teacher unions, causing another delay.