Access to the internet the devices necessary to access it are essential for learning. No matter where students live, it is critical for conducting research, doing homework, and attending class when school buildings are closed. For too many, the door to the virtual classroom is blocked. NEA research reveals that an estimated one quarter of all school-aged children live in households without broadband access or a web-enabled device such as a computer or tablet.
‘Students simply need us’: Educators urge Congress to fix homework gap now
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Even before he launched his distance learning classroom last week, middle school band director Blake Bogan knew he faced some unique challenges. Any chance schools have of closing that gap lies with Congress: Lawmakers must allocate the desperately needed funding and choose the most efficient mechanism to distribute it. Those students are going to be left behind the most. Blake Bogan.
The Digital Divide and Homework Gap in Your State
Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world. That changed after Howe School of Excellence and other campuses across the country closed their doors in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The rapid switch to online education for 55 million school-aged children in the U. Democratic lawmakers are pushing for billions of dollars of new funding to go in an existing Federal Communications Commission broadband program to provide wireless devices to students in the next coronavirus stimulus legislation.
In Los Angeles, special education teacher Jaime Lozano strives to keep the attention of his elementary students during online classes. But no matter the charisma he brings to the screen, it's no match for glitchy internet connections. Every day, about a third of his students experience an outage that cuts into their learning time, Lozano said. Nearly all of his students are from low-income families, and many can't afford wired, broadband service.