Democrats seek funds to close homework gap
Congressional Democrats have proposed new spending measures and regulatory changes designed to help. The House Democrats’ latest coronavirus relief package, a $3 trillion measure that passed in the House, would authorize the Federal Communications Commission to award $5 billion to schools and libraries “to provide internet service … to students and teachers, prioritizing those without internet access at home,” according to a summary of the bill.
Grant recipients could use the funding for laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots to keep students and teachers connected, with 5 percent of the funding set aside for students living on tribal lands. The bill would also codify the terms of the FCC’s “Keep America Connected” pledge by prohibiting service providers from abandoning customers who cannot pay as a result of the pandemic.