Ed Markey, Boston Teachers Union push for more internet access for students learning at home amid coronavirus

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There’s no school this fall without the internet, but as remote learning gets underway in districts across Massachusetts and kicks off in Boston on Monday, not every student has access to a network.



Ed Markey wearing a suit and tie: JAMAICA PLAIN, MA. - SEPTEMBER 18: Senator Ed Markey speaks at the Boston Teachers Union Pilot School on September 18, 2020 in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.  (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)


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JAMAICA PLAIN, MA. – SEPTEMBER 18: Senator Ed Markey speaks at the Boston Teachers Union Pilot School on September 18, 2020 in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

“Right now we’re trying to connect students with 60- or 90-day free trials with Wi-Fi access. But what happens after those free trials end?” Boston Teachers Union president Jessica Tang said on Friday.

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Even among students who do have access to the internet, some have such poor connections that they’re “dropping in and out,” she added. “Obviously that’s a major disruption to remote learning.”

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Up to 25,000 low-income D.C. families will receive free internet access

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Nearly 25 percent of D.C.’s public school students live below the poverty line and 50 percent are considered at risk for academic failure.

Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced a $3.3 million investment to provide home internet to low-income students.

This means free internet access for up to 25,000 disconnected low-income families from public and charter schools.

The Office of the Chief Technology is also working on the post-COVID future to bridge the digital divide in the District. Lindsay Parker who runs IT for the city is focusing on a four-point plan that includes internet service, device access, demystifying technology, and making the workforce more tech-savvy.

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“What COVID has sort of prioritized in my mind is that we can only be smarter if we are more connected. So we have really wrapped

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Online School Is Harder Thanks to Unequal Internet Access

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In Cooper’s school district, for instance, there are some areas that internet providers haven’t hooked up, and others where getting internet would be too expensive for students’ families. “You pay $200, $300, and your internet’s still horrible,” she said.

Even in normal times, this digital divide holds back the unconnected in innumerable ways. Broadband access tends to boost local economies, because many companies run on the internet and employers tend to take job applications only online. Many areas that lack internet also lack doctors, but telemedicine can’t reach places where few people have a connection strong enough for FaceTime. People without internet might have trouble accessing news and information, which has steadily migrated online. In areas where broadband exists, but not everyone can afford it, teachers still assign homework online, and only some students can complete it.

A lack of

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Just 24% of Indian households have internet facility to access e-education: UNICEF

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a person sitting at a desk in front of a computer: The report further said that students, especially girls, from most marginalised communities do not have easy access to smartphones.


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The report further said that students, especially girls, from most marginalised communities do not have easy access to smartphones.

Just 24 per cent of Indian households have internet connections to access e-education, and there is a large rural-urban and gender divide that is likely to widen the learning gap across high, middle and low-income families, according to a new UNICEF report. The Remote Learning Reachability report, issued by UNICEF on Thursday, expressed concerns over children from economically disadvantaged families struggling with access to remote learning.

“Available data indicates that approximately a quarter of households (24 per cent) in India have access to the internet and there is a large rural-urban and gender divide. The learning gap is likely to widen across high, middle and low-income families, as children from economically disadvantaged families cannot access remote learning,” it said.

The report further said that students,

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Hite says as many as 18,000 Philly district students still need internet access, with days to go until the start of school

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Less than a week before school is to begin virtually, as many as 18,000 Philadelphia School District students may still need internet access, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said Thursday.



a car that has a sign on the side of a building: Parents pick up Chromebooks at the Philadelphia School District headquarters in April. Besides providing laptops, ensuring internet access has been a challenge for the district.


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Parents pick up Chromebooks at the Philadelphia School District headquarters in April. Besides providing laptops, ensuring internet access has been a challenge for the district.

“We’re estimating somewhere between 15,000 and 18,000 individuals will need to be connected,” Hite said. “Those are district families that would need some sort of connection.” Total enrollment is about 125,000.

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The district is preparing to start the school year with an all-virtual program Wednesday. The city earlier this month announced that free internet access would be available to 35,000 low-income families with students enrolled in Philadelphia schools. That includes charter schools — which enroll about 70,000 — and private

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Kentucky pledges $8 million to create affordable internet access for K-12 students

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The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet is investing $8 million to help create affordable internet access for low-income families of K-12 students in areas without service, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman announced Tuesday.

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Coleman, who also serves as secretary of the cabinet, said by Sept. 15, through a request for proposal, the cabinet will identify internet service providers that will supply high-speed internet service for all K-12 students in low-income homes at no more than $10 per month for the next two to three school years.



a person sitting at a table using a laptop: Julie Tennyson's daughter, who is entering the third grade for the 2020-21 school year in the Paducah Independent School District, learned online from home with her class this past spring during the coronavirus pandemic. Tennyson is starting a


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Lincoln Investment Selects Riskalyze to Offer Firm-Wide Access to Technology

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AUBURN, Calif., Aug. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Riskalyze today announced its enterprise agreement with Lincoln Investment (Lincoln), a full-service broker-dealer and registered investment adviser serving nearly 360,000 investors who represent more than $41 billion in assets. The agreement will provide more than 1,000 Lincoln advisors with access to Riskalyze’s risk assessment technology across different business channels.” data-reactid=”14″AUBURN, Calif., Aug. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Riskalyze today announced its enterprise agreement with Lincoln Investment (Lincoln), a full-service broker-dealer and registered investment adviser serving nearly 360,000 investors who represent more than $41 billion in assets. The agreement will provide more than 1,000 Lincoln advisors with access to Riskalyze’s risk

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The great broadband divide: Living without high-speed internet access

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After she earned her master’s degree, writer Karie Fugett bought a little farm in rural Oregon. It seems to have everything: beauty, affordability, and just a 30-minute drive to the city. But she quickly discovered one thing that wasn’t available: “We don’t have internet!” she laughed. “We haven’t been successful getting it out here yet.”

“So, you must be able to get online somehow?” asked “Sunday Morning” correspondent David Pogue.

“When there isn’t a pandemic, I go to a library, or I go to a restaurant or a café,” Fugett laughed. “Now, since the pandemic, all of those places are closed down. If I need internet, Taco Bell has been very reliable.”

“You’re a professional writer, and to get online to do your research or your correspondence, you park at a Taco Bell?” asked Pogue.

“I do! And I don’t feel like a professional writer when I’m parked at a

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Calvert County schools to offer ‘internet cafes’ for families without internet access

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With a week before school returns virtually in Calvert County, Maryland, parents without internet are wondering how things will work for them.

It led Jessica Freeburger to contact 7 On Your Side.

Some of her neighbors tell 7 On Your Side, they don’t have internet access at all.

If they do, they struggled through distance learning because it would kick them off.

Others tell 7 On Your Side they had to get creative to find the internet.

“I put a port-a-potty in the back of my van and went around to local spots in the county and the public schools to try and pick up WiFi to use off of my phone for my daughter to learn,” said Cassie Duley.

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She says the hotspot the school provided wasn’t enough for her household’s needs.

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