The Efforts to Close the Digital Divide for North Texas Students
The pandemic has pushed us further into the digital world.
But not everyone was ready for it.
When the shutdown began, Dr. Rebecca Good, superintendent of Legacy Preparatory Charter Academy, said nearly all of her 1,800 students needed computers.
“Most of our parents are low socio-economic,” said Good, superintendent of Legacy Preparatory Charter Academy. “We had to scramble.”
Now, districts across North Texas are distributing digital devices and internet hotspots to get students ready for the school year.
McKinney ISD is handing out more than 13,000 MacBooks.
It’s part of the districts One to the World instructional technology program aimed at providing laptops to every third through twelfth grader. It was in the works long before the pandemic.
Other districts are getting federal and state help to achieve similar goals.
In May, Governor Abbott launched “Operation Connectivity,” a statewide initiative to deliver digital devices and internet connectivity to districts and students.