Opinion: It’s Now Clear That COVID-19 Will Change Public Education Forever

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A student studying online. Courtesy California Department of Education

By Mark Powell

The coronavirus pandemic has affected almost every aspect of our lives, but arguably the most impacted part is public education. COVID-19 has changed our traditional model of public education forever, and parents realize that learning is no longer restricted to the classroom.

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From this point forward, school districts will need to offer students a distance learning option, and should also provide distance learning training and IT support for parents so they can facilitate their children’s instruction.

K-12 public schools are going to combine distance learning with in-school instruction such that, in the future, the first day of school may look very different than it did previously. Instead of lining up with friends outside the classroom in anticipation of meeting their teachers, students may flip

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