Digital Divide: 7 On Your Side Investigates the Challenges of Remote Learning [ABC 7]

March 17, 2020

Originally published in ABC7 NY on March 17, 2020.

Schools across the country are closing, and districts are scrambling to launch online remote learning programs in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
A smaller percentage of households also lacked computers, and the disparity was even more pronounced in certain school districts.
In the Bridgehampton School District in New York State, more than three out of five households lacked high-speed internet. In the East Ramapo School District, nearly one out of two had no internet. And in New York City, nearly one out of four households had no Wi-Fi.

"There are a lot of balls in the air," New York state Senate Education Chair Shelley Mayer (D-Yonkers) said. "The challenge is to do (remote learning) responsibly, calmly, and to ensure that where possible, children have access to the same degree of educational elements so that if they need a Chromebook, we do our best to provide it regardless of whether they have one at home."