Tony Thurmond Assures Parents More Will Be Done to Bridge the Digital Divide

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond says he has reached out to around 100 companies for support with distance learning technology as most schools prepare to enter a virtual semester this fall.

Thurmond has assured anxious parents that more help is on the way — both from the state, which has promised $5 billion in distance learning funds, as well as public-private partnerships with companies like Apple, T-Mobile and PG&E. Those companies are donating computer devices, hot spots and more.

“We are going to want to spend a lot of time in the next several weeks focusing on special education and how we support students with disabilities,” Thurmond added (KCRA). 

In the meantime, Thurmond encouraged parents to reach out with any questions via email at digitaldivide@cde.ca.gov. The superintendent says he’ll also be reaching out to families.


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