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$25,000 Pod Schools: How Well-to-Do Children Will Weather the Pandemic


A presentation for pod learning at a backyard in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, July 12, 2020. (Gregg Vigliotti/The New York Times)

One Sunday afternoon in July, around a dozen parents gathered in a backyard in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, a village about a half-hour north of midtown Manhattan. Another dozen joined them via Zoom. Folding chairs had been placed at prudent distances, and masks were dutifully worn. An Australian Labradoodle belonging to the home’s owners strutted among the guests.

Despite the breezy suburban tableau, the occasion was fraught. Over the preceding months, the adults in the backyard had grown increasingly ...


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