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NOTEBOOK – ONE GOOD READ: Lack of high-speed internet leaves millions of students behind as schools shift to online learning


As a parent, I’m struggling with the decision of sending our high-school-age daughter back to the classroom as schools issue and shift their plans to reopen this fall. But we’re the lucky ones because we have high-speed internet capable of providing an online learning experience for our daughter. But the Washington Post reports that millions of students across the country aren’t as fortunate. What was once known as the “homework gap” because a growing number of teachers assigned homework that requires internet access now means some students will miss classes altogether as schools switch to remote learning because of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s a problem that hits the Black and Latino communities especially hard, with one-third of students lacking Internet access at home.

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