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State Superintendent Thurmond renews call for technology investments

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Posted at 3:57 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 18:57:51-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Today, state superintendent Tony Thurmond has once again called for accelerated investments to help students gain access to technology needed for school.

“Before the pandemic, we knew there were huge inequities that existed in regards to student access to devices and internet connectivity. The effects of COVID-19 have only made this more visible and created a sense of urgency that we must address now,” said Thurmond. “Access to technology and reliable, affordable internet is not only necessary for distance learning but also for lifelong success. It’s time we level the playing field for our students.”

During today’s news conference, Thurmond announced it will cost at least $500 million to meet the technology needs of all students.

Anyone interested in making a donation to purchase devices or hotspots can email donatetech@cde.ca.gov.