As Schools Reopen, 16.9 Million Children Still Lack Internet Access, With Students of Color Hit the Hardest

We’ve been sounding the alarm about how dire students’ internet access problems are in this country throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and we wish we had better news to share with you today on that front.  Unfortunately, according to a new report, fully 16.9 million children in the U.S. lack proper internet access to get online…


Access Denied Ep. 3: Racism, Redlining and the Digital Divide in Oakland

When 15 million students in this country can’t even get online to access their distance learning materials, something needs to change. Welcome to “Access Denied,” where host Dirk Tillotson covers the movement to provide internet access to all students regardless of family income.  In episode 3, Dirk welcomed Oakland school board member Jumoke Hinton Hodge…


Access Denied Ep. 2: How Chicago Is Conquering the Digital Divide & What We Can Learn (ft. Kids First Chicago)

In Chicago, something’s going on. Something big. Thanks to local efforts to provide free, no-strings-attached internet to low-income families, all Chicago students will be able to stay in school even when they are stuck at home due to the pandemic. On the second episode of “Access Denied,” host Dirk Tillotson speaks with Daniel Anello of…