The Connectivity Gap and Equity

EducationSuperHighway released a report this month on the status of technology in more than 1,000 districts across the U.S. The schools in these districts were evaluated on their progress toward President Obama’s “ConnectED” initiative. One of the goals is to have 99% of schools with access to high speed internet capable of supporting 1:1 learning environments within five years. The findings of the study are not entirely surprising – schools with higher per pupil spending on technology are on their way to achieving the ConnectED goals, while those that spend less, often cannot afford the cost of reliable high-speed internet. In short,

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