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The looming threat that could worsen the digital divide

eSchool News

Key points: Without continued funding, schools and libraries may struggle to maintain or upgrade technological infrastructure See article: 3 ways the E-rate program helps level up learning See article: Will cybersecurity receive E-rate funding?

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Revised Federal Edtech Plan Calls for Closing Digital Divides

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In a way, it’s a shift to recognize another aspect of the digital divide in America: the quality divide when it comes to implementation of edtech, which arises because all this new technology isn’t necessarily being put to the best use in classrooms. It’s a mindset shift we need in education right now,” Jones says.

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OPINION: College in a pandemic is tough enough — without reliable broadband access, it’s nearly impossible

The Hechinger Report

Sadly, though, the reality is that millions of Americans — in rural and urban areas alike, and including many underrepresented minorities — lack the reliable broadband connections needed to access postsecondary and K-12 education in a nation that remains in partial lockdown. Related: How to reach students without internet access at home?

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After Net Neutrality, Experts Expect Changes to FCC’s E-Rate

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But the tea leaves for E-Rate are pretty positive actually. Rather, it's centered in the popular E-Rate program, which has provided billions of dollars in broadband discounts and infrastructure upgrades to schools and libraries. But the tea leaves for E-Rate are pretty positive actually.”

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OPINION: How targeted federal action could finally chip away at the broadband racism faced by Black students

The Hechinger Report

Pandemic-era lockdowns put an unmistakable spotlight on digital equity — particularly for K-12 students. But nowhere is the digital divide larger than in the Black rural South. billion for a $30-per-month broadband subsidy for low-income Americans, and we stand to make gains in both access and affordability.

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Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

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And with online assessments now being required in many states, reliable broadband access is also essential so that students’ knowledge and skills are accurately represented, and technology is not a barrier to achievement and its documentation. Accessing the E-Rate and Matching State Funds. Sheryl Abshire, Ph.D.,

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Millions of Students Are Still Without WiFi and Tech—Why Haven’t Policymakers Stepped Up?

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1560 , and proposed adding sections designed “to close the digital divide in California.” These new amendments require the State Superintendent to survey education institutions to understand students' access to computing devices and broadband connections. Jennifer E. Federally, mandates do exist for schools and districts.

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