Laura Conard, a deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, hands a box of free school meals to Shane, Peyton and Logan Smith (left to right, ages 12, 8 and 7, respectively) outside the Smiths' home near La Pine on Monday, August 31, 2020.

Laura Conard, a deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, hands a box of free school meals to Shane, Peyton and Logan Smith (left to right, ages 12, 8 and 7, respectively) outside the Smiths' home near La Pine on Monday, August 31, 2020.

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The Bend-La Pine school district has gaping socioeconomic differences among its students. Educators say they are working hard to make school an equitable experience for all. But they’re confronting challenges with addressing language barriers, spotty internet connections and the needs of students with disabilities who relied on the routine of the school day. We talk with Jackson Hogan with The Bulletin newspaper in Bend who has been following this story.

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