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Parents Rush To Hire Tutors And Create Learning Pods. But Not Everyone Has Options

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that the state is working on closing the digital divide between families, but that there is much work to be done. He applauded parents who are sharing "best practices, not just pain and struggles and suffering," with one another online.

Families who rely on schools to provide aid for their children with disabilities face a double challenge. Bell mother Joana Rico Carbajal's son is supposed to receive speech therapy, but is not getting that treatment remotely. She worries, yet is still most comfortable with remote learning for her children.

In some schools parents are trying to plan for learning that will help all students.

Parents in Highland Park send messages about parent-organized Zoom sessions such as cooking, yoga and Friday dance parties via email and share resources on Facebook, in English and Spanish, said incoming Aldama Elementary Parent Teacher Assn. Vice President Kamren Curiel, who stays home with her daughters, ages 6 and 5, while her husband works as a doctor.

"It's not going to be easy and we're not going to be great at it," Curiel said. But for parents who are front-line workers or who do not speak English, "it's going to fall on the kids."

(Staff writer Howard Blume contributed to this report.) ___ Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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