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Schools, community-based nonprofits have until Jan. 11 to apply for free AT&T mobile broadband service

The deadline for nonprofits and schools to apply for the AT&T K-12 homework gap program is Jan. 11. K-12 school districts, charter schools, and community-based nonprofits that serve at-risk K-12 students are invited to apply online to be considered for an award. Connected Nation (CN), a national nonprofit working to expand access, adoption, and use of high-speed internet and its related technologies,...

Prichard Committee study highlights challenges of remote teaching, learning during pandemic

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has released the Coping with COVID-19 Teacher and Family Study. The study, conducted in August through October, found that while some Kentuckians are finding benefits to remote K-12 instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, many families and teachers face significant challenges in teaching and learning from home. The results of the study came from a survey...

Commentary: Citizen voices are key to COVID-19 response in education and beyond

By Natalie McCutchen, Annette Hines, and Spandana Pavuluri Prichard Committee volunteers Add to Kentucky’s groundswell of education influencers some innovative, if earnest, laypeople. We are part of a citizen research team of school stakeholders. We call ourselves the “Intergen 9”, and we comprise three parents, three teachers, and three students representing eight districts across the Commonwealth,...

Tom Haggard: As a result of COVID-19 pandemic, afterschool community is more essential than ever

When and how students learn has taken on new meaning since the pandemic hit. The shift to remote learning was so swift that many school districts are still working to address the needs of the students who don’t have access to the internet or the necessary tools to complete their schoolwork. In time, this will get fixed. But in the near term, the digital divide is real and putting our most vulnerable...

Kentucky public libraries break E-rate record with more than $2.1 million in funding commitments

Kentucky public libraries set a new record for funding commitments from education rate (E-rate), a federal program that provides discounts on Internet, telecommunications, and networking equipment for schools and public libraries. For the July 2019–June 2020 funding year, Kentucky public libraries have a record commitment of $2,195,532 in E-rate funding to be disbursed as they are invoiced for eligible...

Rural digital divide in Ky. a two-fold problem; state’s high speed internet plan remains behind schedule

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service The Internet is an essential tool in the daily lives of many Americans – however, Kentucky’s challenges in closing the rural digital divide are two-fold. An estimated 22 percent of Kentuckians have access to two or fewer broadband providers in their area, and the Kentucky Wired plan to ensure high-speed access in every county is behind schedule. Tim Marema,...

Eastern Kentucky business succeeding globally through high speed broadband connectivity

If the internet goes down at Troll and Toad in Corbin, KY, idle employees count the minutes until it is back up again. “When we originally moved into the building, we had times when the cable would be out for the day,” said Jonathan Huston, President of Troll and Toad. “Do you know what that means? We send our employees home. We are not able to ship packages, we are not able to process–everything’s...

Daily Yonder: Federal report shows rural broadband access still lags behind cities

By Tim Marema Special to KyForward   The nation’s most rural communities have broadband availability rates that are a third lower than the rates of big cities and suburbs, a federal report shows.   But within these broad findings, there are important variations in broadband access among U.S. cities, suburbs, towns and very rural areas.   The report, by the National Telecommunications...