Aware that distance learning didn’t go well in many districts the first time around, the Legislature has imposed new requirements for the fall.

This week, Linda Darling-Hammond, an education adviser to Gov. Gavin Newsom and president of the State Board of Education, explains what districts must do and why they should include live instruction as a component of distance learning. She also forecasts how schools will reopen amid great uncertainly.

EdSource reporter Zaidee Stavely discusses many parents’ ambivalence about sending their kids back to school amid a pandemic and the conflicting factors of safety, child care, work needs and the pros and cons of distance learning weighing on their minds.

For background to this podcast, check out the following from EdSource: