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With the focus on in person learning, conversations about connectivity and Broadband fell by the way side over the summer. But with cases rising because of the Delta variant and the likelihood of remote learning for shorter periods of time because of quarantines or longer periods of time if parents choose virtual learning options, this issue is now back on the front burner.

SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAVE UNTIL FRIDAY, AUGUST 13 TO APPLY FOR FEDERAL DOLLARS FROM THE EMERGENCY CONNECTIVITY FUND. Here is the information you need to apply. “The Program will provide funding to schools and libraries for the reasonable costs of eligible equipment and services that can be provided to students, teachers, and library patrons who lack connected devices, such as laptop or tablet computers, and/or lack broadband access during the pandemic.”

Today Communities for the Education of Every Child NC will host an advocacy day at the legislature to communicate the need for lawmakers to include the full Leandro Plan in this year’s state budget, calling it a moral obligation as well as a constitutional requirement. The day will kick off with a press conference on Jones Street in front of the NC General Assembly at 9:00 a.m., featuring community advocates, parents, students, and educators.

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Mebane Rash

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC.

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