No laptop, no high-speed internet: Group hopes to help bridge ‘digital divide’ ahead of school year In the NewsAugust 17, 2020
Of 20,278 children reported to have no high-speed home internet in D.C., 15,639 of the students were Black.
A national crisis’: As coronavirus forces many schools online this fall, millions of disconnected students are being left behind In the NewsAugust 17, 2020
More than 17 million schoolchildren do not have high-speed Internet at home and are locked out of virtual classes. By Moriah Balingit
Civil Rights and Education Leaders on the Need to Protect the Highest Need Schools and Students in the Next Stimulus Bill Press ReleaseJuly 28, 2020
The increasingly digital nature of classroom resources and assignments over the last two decades has fed the phenomena now known as the homework gap, which results from students who lack home internet or device access being unable to complete assignments requiring these tools. The full extent of the issue has been highlighted in recent months by school shutdowns due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The digital “homework gap” in online learning is wider than has been previously estimated, with one-third of Black, Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students lacking high-speed home internet access, according to a new analysis.
The GOP wants to give $105 billion to schools in the next coronavirus stimulus bill — but it’s unclear whether it’ll be tied to reopening In the NewsJuly 24, 2020
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that the next coronavirus stimulus package will focus on "kids, jobs, and healthcare" — and it "will send $105 billion so that educators have the resources they need to safely reopen." However, he did not offer details on how or if funding will be tied to physical reopening.
The decision by a rising number of school districts to start a new year with remote-only learning during the pandemic could disadvantage millions of students, and children of color in particular, acccording to a new analysis.
Congress must provide billions of dollars in new money for home internet access and computers to reach many students online as several major cities rebuff White House pressure to reopen schools this fall, the National Urban League and other advocates say.