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WEDNESDAY: Join the Day of Action to Get Students Connected to Broadband

A year ago, the COVID-19 pandemic shut down U.S. schools. A year into the pandemic, 12 million students still lack adequate broadband access at home. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) already has millions of dollars for broadband in schools and libraries in a program called E-Rate. But right now those institutions can’t use the money to get their families connected.…

Evanston Becomes First City in America to Offer Reparations to Black Residents

America, pay attention, because for one Chicago suburb, reparations are here.  Evanston, Illinois’ Black residents are now, officially, pioneers in trying to right the nation’s historical wrongs. Their hometown set a policy this week that aims to build the economically unequal city’s Black wealth.  The Washington Post has details: The Evanston City Council approved the first phase of reparations to acknowledge…

Demand #InternetForAll for 15 Million Students Who Are #LoggedOut

On Wednesday, August 26, education activists and organizations around the country are staging a national day of action, demanding that every student have access to broadband internet.  Back in March, more than 50 million schoolchildren were forced to learn from home. At least 15 million of them (nearly a third) were unable to log on and do their schoolwork simply…

How One Cooking Teacher Opens up a World of Opportunities for Students With Disabilities

This piece was originally posted by Adeshina Emmanuel at Chalkbeat Chicago. Growing up with dyslexia, Athenia Travis had to master other ways of learning at Chicago Public Schools. Now the Golden Apple-award nominee helps many of her culinary arts pupils do the same at Southside Occupational Academy, where students with special needs prepare for life after high school “At one…

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