Online Learning for Rural Students
Despite 25 years of significant progress in connecting schools to the internet, the absence of universal high-capacity broadband access at school and at home—especially among lower income and minority families—is limiting rural students’ instructional opportunities relative to their urban and suburban peers. The pandemic brought the rural broadband gap into stark relief, as schools shuttered and many families lacked the internet access and devices necessary to connect their students to high-quality online learning.
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