California has long wrestled with a stark split between students and teachers who have access to internet and computers and home and those who don’t. This digital divide has created uneven access to completing homework, researching and applying for colleges or financial aid, and other important opportunities for students. As schools rely more on distance learning, this unequal access to technology threatens to widen gaps in academic achievement, especially among Black, Latino and low-income students in rural areas who are among the least likely in California to have internet subscriptions at home. State and district officials are pushing for a variety of solutions to help close the gap and provide access to the internet for all California students, however there is still a long road ahead.
The 22-bill package will increase broadband infrastructure, develop mental and behavioral health support and add a new ethnic studies high school graduation requirement.
School districts are uniquely positioned to help students of color and students experiencing poverty get reliable broadband at home.
The bill will enable local governments and nonprofits to bypass private companies and build their own broadband infrastructure.
The funding was announced Friday alongside a sweeping set of proposals for K-12 education in California as part of the annual May budget proposal.
The vast majority of rural California students now have access to computers at home, but thousands still can't connect to the internet.
Explore Chromebook distribution during Covid-19 at California school districts with this interactive map.
The lawsuit argues top education officials must monitor districts to see that billions in Covid relief address students' pressing needs.
California released updated guidance for school districts deciding whether Smarter Balanced or a local assessment is their more viable option.
Teachers pushed through difficult days to find solutions that kept kids learning during an upended school year. Some changes may stick.
Across California, nearly half of all districts with elementary schools have reopened them to in-person or hybrid learning. White students more likely to be attending school in-person.
Many districts are seeing surges in Fs and Ds during distance learning, prompting a revision of expectations and policies around grades.
The impact from school closures last spring proved worrisome but not as dire as projected by the assessment organization NWEA.
When the delivery of high-quality instruction depends on reliable, high-speed broadband connections for every student anyone lacking these resources gets left behind.
Federal education officials said they will not waive testing requirements for the 2020-21 school year.
The State Board of Education will vote this week on whether to shorten the state’s annual standardized tests in math and English language arts.