James P. Steyer, Founder and CEO of Common Sense on the New American Rescue Plan Act
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (March 6, 2021) -- Jim Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense, praised the American Rescue Plan just approved by the Senate, saying that it will help schools to open, lift children out of poverty, and also close the digital divide for students and teachers at home, an issue that has been a top priority for Common Sense:
"This is a huge win for kids and teachers to make sure they can conduct distance learning and teaching from home during the pandemic and its aftermath. We've been trying to close the Homework Gap for a long time and this bill takes a giant step in that direction. But of course we have more work to do to make sure that every home and business in America is connected to affordable and high-speed internet long after the pandemic is over. That means supporting a major investment in broadband infrastructure and long-term cost-support programs so that every student, teacher, and all families are connected -- and can stay connected. This a fundamental matter of equity, for education, jobs, and staying connected to civic and social life."
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