Minnesota Public Radio: As classrooms go online, there’s more to the digital divide than who gets a hot spot

EXCERPT: “Now that more Minnesota school districts are opting for either full-time remote instruction or a hybrid model that requires students to log on from home for part of the week, many advocates, families and school officials are increasingly worried about the lack of equity in the virtual classroom this fall. About three weeks into the school year for many districts, some students in Minnesota and across the country are still struggling to access online school due to broadband issues, lack of devices, or other socioeconomic concerns . . . Advocates say there is still a need that is evident by the number of families waiting to receive equipment not only in urban districts but in suburban and rural areas as well. In greater Minnesota, nearly a quarter of households do not have any type of internet in their home, compared to 13 percent in the Twin Cities metro area, according to Minnesota Compass. Minnesota Computers for Schools, a nonprofit that donates refurbished computers to students all across the state, has 225 students on a waiting list.” FULL STORY: https://fluence-media.co/36oeHXs