15,000 LAUSD Students Aren’t Participating in Online Classes

Tens of thousands of Los Angeles Unified students are failing to log in to online classes on a daily basis, with 15,000 having never used the system at all.

The new figures were provided by LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner on Monday. They raise questions about the reliability and efficacy of distance learning.

“It’s simply not acceptable that we lose touch with 15,000 young adults or that many students aren’t getting the education they should be,” said Beutner. He added that many of those students belong to vulnerable groups, such as children in foster care or those living below the poverty line.

Self-discipline is hard enough for adults, so children should be forgiven for having trouble adjusting during this crisis. But there's reason to believe that the digital divide is a major factor here. According to EdSource, around 25% of the district’s students lack internet access.

LAUSD has been working with internet service providers to bridge the gap. And on Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Google would be providing free broadband services and thousands of chromebooks to foster distance learning in the state.