Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Feds Say That Inequalities in Ed Tech Resources Are 'Potentially Unlawful Discrimination'

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Feds Say That Inequalities in Ed Tech Resources Are 'Potentially Unlawful Discrimination'

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The United States Department of Education has issued guidance to education leaders calling attention to disparities in educational resources along ethnic and economic lines and characterizing such disparities as "potentially ... unlawful discrimination." The list of those disparities explicitly included quantity and quality of technology-based resources available to students.

In a 37-page "Dear Colleague" letter sent to schools, districts and state agencies, Catherine E. Lhamon, assistant secretary for civil rights, outlined the various ways in which high-poverty schools and schools serving a large proportion of "students of color" are receiving unequal funding and access to resources, which, according to the latest guidance, is in conflict with federal law.

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The letter, which focused extensively on access to technology, including devices, courseware and infrastructure, said, in part, "Access to these important instructional resources varies between high-poverty schools that are heavily populated with students of color and more affluent schools serving fewer students of color. …

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