James P. Steyer, Founder and CEO of Common Sense Releases Statement on Funding to Address Homework Gap in New Coronavirus Relief Package
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (March 23, 2020) -- The following was released by James P. Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense, on the reported "homework gap" funding in the newest coronavirus response package to be proposed by House Democrats.
"Common Sense is very encouraged that Congress has under consideration, Speaker Pelosi's Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act, a significant boost to help kids learn online as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. We strongly support adding $2 billion for internet connectivity and device purchases through the E-Rate program at the FCC in phase 3 of a COVID-19 response package. And we also strongly support adding $1 billion for the Lifeline program to better connect low-income families to the internet. Together, this funding would ensure that every American k-12 student can participate equally in distance learning this semester following the outbreak of the deadly virus. The 'homework gap' was a real problem long before COVID-19, with lower-income children suffering the effects of unequal internet and device access at home for education, health, and social connectivity. Now is the time to ensure all kids have equal access to the internet at home so that no child loses a semester of learning."
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