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Parent rallies to demand a return to in-person school started nationally in November and are continuing to march on.
The idea behind the gatherings are to pressure school boards and administrators to listen to parents — rather than the opinions of politicians and the media when deciding whether kids should be back in the actual classroom.
Rallies have already taken place in Oregon, Michigan, Texas, Washington, Oklahoma and Oregon, among others, with many more scheduled for the rest of December.
“We really feel that our kids deserve better,” Nashua, N.H., resident Amy Medling, part of a group of parents calling for in-person instruction, told TIME.
Medling’s daughter is a sixth-grader and has struggled with remote learning. “Pretty much we end up in tears every day at the end of remote learning,” she said.