Homework Gap/Digital Divide

Homework Gap
E-Rate
Equity

Close The Homework Gap & Narrow the Digital Divide

Students who don’t have access to the internet can’t participate in distance learning

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COVID-19 has shone a spotlight on a specific aspect of the digital divide known as the homework gap—the inability to do schoolwork at home due to lack of internet access.
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Nationwide, up to 12 million students are affected—roughly 1 in 5. A disproportionate share of those students are African-American or Hispanic, come from low-income households, or live in rural areas.
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Students who don’t have access to the internet can’t participate in remote learning and may fall behind their peers.
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Support the Emergency Educational Connections Act (H.R. 6563) to provide $2 billion for an emergency fund, administered through the E-Rate program, for schools and libraries to support remote learning for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.
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The E-Rate is the best solution to help bridge this aspect of the digital divide because it is established and has guardrails to ensure equitable distribution of emergency funds.

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