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The Case For Hybrid Learning At Des Moines Public Schools

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Nancy Mwirotsi is the founder and executive director of Pi 515, an organization that seeks to expose a diverse group of students to STEM education and skills to help balance what they see as underrepresentation in STEM fields.

On this edition of River to River, Ben Kieffer speaks with a Des Moines Public Schools parent to explain why she believes virtual learning is hurting a large portion of kids in the district.

The Des Moines School District started classes online last week to protect students and teachers from spreading COVID-19.

This week, however, the Des Moines School Board agreed to move the district toward a hybrid learning plan, a mix of virtual and in-class teaching that would comply with state requirements. This would only happen once COVID-19 spread in Polk County declines further.

Some parents in the district say their children need to go back to in-person learning so they can get the support they can't get from home.

Nancy Mwirotsi is one of those parents advocating for a hybrid option. She joins host Ben Kieffer to explain why she believes this is the best path forward for the Des Moines Public Schools.

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COVID-19Education
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River