CDE reviewing needs ahead of Google rollout
April 13, 2020
To bring computer devices and internet access to more California students as districts launch distance learning modules, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that Google will donate 4,000 Chromebooks and fund the use of 100,000 mobile hotspots to provide free and unlimited high-speed internet access to students for the remainder of the school year. “We are grateful to Google and other companies, nonprofits and individuals that are working to help us solve gaps in internet access that hinder distance learning for students, especially those who live in rural areas,” said Kindra Britt, spokesperson for CDE. CDE will be distributing those resources, prioritizing rural areas according to a Newsom news release. The department is working to create a solution that benefits students statewide. “We are now in the process of quickly collecting and analyzing information about connectivity needs,” Britt said. “Once we have the data, we can begin to make decisions about distribution.”
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