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The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a long-documented and persistent inequity affecting students that lack adequate broadband access. Show your support for closing the homework gap by supporting the FCC’s E-Rate program.

Widespread home-based learning has highlighted a long-documented and persistent inequity of students that lack adequate broadband access. This digital divide, commonly known as the homework gap impacts millions of students.

Fourteen percent of children had no internet access at home in 2017.Source: National Center for Education Statistics, May 2019

The homework gap also impacts some of the most vulnerable students such as those with  disabilities. As the learning environment for students has shifted from traditional classrooms in school buildings made of bricks and mortar to virtual classrooms, the necessity for each student to have high-quality access to the Internet is imperative. With the current crisis dramatically shifting our children’s education to remote and online learning, it has never been more important to address this inequity.

Five million households with school-age children do not have Internet access at home. Source: Pew Research Center

NSBA supports efforts to improve necessary high-speed broadband required for twenty-first century learning both when students are school and when they are home. School board members across the nation are joining NSBA in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Congress to focus on ways to improve the overall connectivity and digital infrastructure for all students and abandon efforts to make connectivity more difficult. Closing the homework gap is a pressing national need that must be addressed so all students have the opportunity to receive an excellent twenty-first century education.

 

Nearly 20 percent of Black and Latino children had no internet access at home in 2017. Source: National Center for Education Statistics, May 2019

  

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