How are Minnesota's parents doing?

A sign hangs outside of a classroom.
A sign outside of a classroom reminds students to practice social distancing inside of Hastings Middle School in Hastings on Sept. 1.
Evan Frost | MPR News file

Last school year, kids and their parents were thrown into a new world of distance learning. This time around, parents had a few months to get ready for another strange semester — but even with prep time, it's proven to be a stressful start for districts and families.

Some parents have a few weeks of the new semester under their belts; others just started a few days ago. MPR News host Angela Davis dives into the realities Minnesota’s parents of school-age children are facing right now, with the help of two guests.


  • Elizabeth Shockman is an education reporter for MPR News. She’s been writing about the changes parents, teachers, administrators and students have experienced and how they are dealing with them.

  • Dana Abrams is the ombudsperson for St. Paul Public Schools. She investigates and works to resolve complaints made by families against the school district.

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