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Pandemic reveals need for schools to utilize technology for online classrooms

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Pandemic reveals need for schools to utilize technology for online classrooms

Illustration via iStock. Article by Bill Lucia, Special to CalMatters.

When the coronavirus pandemic forced schools to close this spring, it exposed the California Legislature’s lack of wisdom in approving a two-year moratorium on the expansion of distance learning in charter public schools.

It’s not the decade of the 1990s or 2000s, it’s 2020. We are a fifth of the way through the 21st century. California continues to lag behind in the use of technology and lag the nation in academic outcomes, particularly educating students in poverty and English learners. It didn’t help last year, when the Legislature enacted Assembly Bill 1505, a bill severely restricting growth of charter schools and distance learning. […]

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