As the coronavirus pandemic shows little signs of slowing down, calls are growing for the Los Angeles Unified School District to improve upon a hastily launched system of online learning for the coming academic year.

A report compiled by parent advocacy organization Speak Up found the district’s distance-learning program has been “inconsistent at best and discriminatory at worst.” The report added that live online instruction, mandatory grades and consistent scheduling are critical to online schooling.

The state legislature, meanwhile, has made it clear that some form of daily live instruction and regular school communication with parents will be obligatory in order to receive funding for the upcoming school year.

An unscientific survey of 430 Speak Up members and other families, using a sample size that over-represented white students and under-represented low-income families in the district, found that nearly 40% of student respondents received live online instruction every day. Click here to read more: