Digital Equity to Be Addressed in 2019 by U.S. Senate

Digital Equity Act

Emily Tate, reporter at EdSurge, recently highlighted the Digital Equity Act – a bill that the U.S. Senate introduced that would invest hundreds of millions of dollars to expand broadband access in communities that currently lack it.

The Digital Equity Act of 2019 is taking on the task of closing our nation’s “homework gap.” This act would create two annual grant programs – one competitive, one formula grant – equally $125 million each that would aim at helping all 50 states (along with Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico) in “creat[ing] and implement[ing] digital equity plans,
launch[ing] digital inclusion projects and support[ing] evidence-based research to measure the effectiveness of both” (Tate, 2019).

Almost a dozen organizations have signed on to endorse this new bill, according to Tate, including the American Library Association; the Consortium for School Networking; the International Society for Technology in Education; the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition and the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA).

For more information and to read Tate’s article, visit EdSurge here.

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Kristin Oropeza

Kristin Oropeza is currently a TK-5th Grade Technology TOSA in Southern California. She holds a masters in special education and has worked in public education for over 10 years. Kristin also serves as a director on the CUE Los Angeles board and acts as their Communications Editor. Find her on Twitter @KristinOropeza.

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