Equity Issues in Education


Creating Access, Connectivity and Support for English Learners

In the best of times, English learners can find themselves to be one to two years behind their peers. Add in learning loss due to the pandemic, and instructional time for ELs becomes even more critical.

MIT Solve Grant Program Seeks Tech Solutions to Bring Equity to Distance Learning

The Equitable Classrooms Challenge, a program of MIT Solve, is seeking solutions that will help bring equity to students engaged in distance learning in the United States and around the world. Prizes for selected solutions range from $10,000 to $250,000.

Verizon Innovative Learning Brings Back STEM Learning Programs

Verizon Innovative Learning announced it’s bringing two of its STEM programs, both for middle school students.

Broadband and Digital Equity Top Concerns Among IT Leaders

Concerns about digital equity are on the rise among IT leaders in K–12 education. Nearly every respondent in a recent survey said he or she had heightened worries about students' home access to devices and the internet, to support remote learning.

Feds Offer Guidance on Use of COVID-19 Relief Funding

The U.S. Department of Education has released guidance on how ESSER and GEER relief funding may be spent.

One Positive Impact of COVID-19 Policy on Math Education and Gender Equity

COVID-19 disrupted our lives and as learning went online we wondered how our students would cope, especially the girls who were anxious about math. Not all children thrived on remote learning, but it made a contribution, especially for those girls who were motivated to improve their math.

3 Ways to Support Students Lacking Adequate Broadband

Students in rural areas, in areas just outside of suburbs and in areas with high population density (subsidized apartments, mobile home parks) have less access to high-speed internet than their counterparts in cities and suburbs. There’s also an estimates 1.47 million homeless K–12 students in the United States, who also have significant issues with access.

Report: Districts Should Help Families with Their WiFi Needs

According to a new report, there are steps schools and districts can take to help improve their students’ home WiFi performance — some at a cost, some using IT staff expertise and legwork.

Federal Program to Reimburse Schools for Devices, Hotspots, Home Broadband

The Federal Communications Commission has finalized rules for a $7.17 billion program that will reimburse schools for 100% of the “reasonable” cost of equipment and services to give students the access to technology they need for remote and hybrid learning.

Study: Device Quality Impacts Remote Learning

Broadband access and speed aren’t the only technological concerns for students engaged in remote and hybrid learning. The quality of the student device itself also plays a key role, according to a new study.

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