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Desperate Parents Pay Whatever They Can to Escape Online Schools

Without access to open and safe classrooms, families are taking their kids’ education into their own hands.

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Parents, fearing their kids won't see the inside of a classroom this fall, are ginning up an alternative familiar to the Home Depot crowd: Do-it-yourself.

Amid the pandemic, enterprising families, especially those with means, are hiring tutors on their own or in groups or joining the already growing movement of home schooling. Their efforts include preschoolers, as well as elementary and beyond.