June 9, 2022

After a difficult and isolated year of distance learning, student behavior in Lynda White’s middle school classroom quickly descended into chaos. With administrators stretched thin, White was left to deal with it on her own, and she eventually joined the ranks of thousands of other California teachers who quit their jobs mid-year. Some teachers left because of the challenges of teaching during a pandemic. Many burned out, citing bad behavior and a lack of support. 


  • Lynda White, Retired teacher, Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District
  • Diana Lambert, Reporter, EdSource

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