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Parents with special needs students are struggling to fill the role of teachers

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Parents have been stretched thin during the coronavirus pandemic. Many have been working from home while also being asked to fill the role of teachers for their children. The dilemma has  been especially trying on families with children with complex disabilities.

A mom opens up about the struggle many parents with special needs students are now facing. 

Shanice Nicole Lyons-Linares, mom of a special needs student.

After nine months of COVID-19 shutdowns, schools across the U.S. remain a combination of in-person, remote and hybrid teaching models. Education experts say in-person instruction is a critical part of a child’s development, especially for students with disabilities.

Nebraska Commissioner of Education Dr. Matthew Blomstedt is the president of the Council of Chief State School officers and is a national advocate for special needs education. Soledad O’Brien speaks with him about the risks versus the benefits of a return to the classroom for the families of students with disabilities. 

Dr. Matthew Blomstedt, Nebraska Commissioner of Education and president of the Council of Chief State School Officers
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