Without Supplemental Pandemic Funding, Digital Divide Risks Increase
The COVID-19 pandemic brought forth clarity on many pain points in education, especially with the digital divide. Many schools were still operating under a 19th century framework when the pandemic started, further exasperating the need for upgrades. Since 2020, $190 billion in federal funds have been distributed to help schools close the digital divide through updates and infrastructure. However, the challenge still remains of how schools can secure long-term funding to continue modernization efforts.
In this article, Ryan Petersen shares
- the pandemic’s impact on the digital divide;
- how schools are modernizing classrooms and infrastructure; and
- the need for long-term funding solutions.