Like parents across the country, the 43-year-old single mom in Vallejo, California, spent many days this past spring struggling to help her children navigate online classes. She watched her daughters falling behind, but often wasn’t sure how to help.

Now she’s worried her new job could be in jeopardy, too, since the schools her daughters attend will begin the year teaching online once again.

“With them doing distance learning, I have no way of knowing if I can keep a job, and what kind of hours I can work,” Burnett says. And even more distressing, she says, is the ground she sees her children losing academically.

“I don’t feel like my children learned anything (last spring),” she says, and she fears the new school year, which starts August 17, will bring more of the same.

Some of the nation’s more than 56 million K-12 students are thriving in the new remote learning environment. But…

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