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EDITORIAL: Distance learning and equity in education

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Story Source: Fredericksburg ~ Go to Original Article

ON March 23rd, Virginia became one of the first states in the nation to shutter all public schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. The COVID-19 crisis forced school systems across the commonwealth, including in the Fredericksburg region, to plunge into “distance learning” with little time for preparation. But as teachers, parents and students have since learned, teaching in a classroom and trying to instruct children remotely on a computer screen at home is not the same thing.

Nonetheless, it has become an unwelcome reality for thousands of Virginia students and their families, who have no idea when they’ll be allowed to return to anything resembling a normal academic year………………………………………………….