Tony Thurmond Says Schools Need $500 Million for Computers, Laptops

Distance learning isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. And in order to provide students with the computers and laptops they need to learn from home, California schools would need an additional $500 million.

That’s according to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. At a Wednesday press conference, he said that  was the necessary amount to meet the immediate need for 600,000 computers and tablets and 300,000 to 400,000 hot spots.

With the state facing monumental budget constraints, Thurmond called on private businesses and individuals to continue their philanthropic endeavors. As EdSource notes, private companies have already donated 21,000 computers and 100,000 hot spots to school districts in California.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 04:22

A decline in COVID-19 transmission rates means schools across the state are getting the green light to reopen. But in neighborhoods where rates of infection remain high, that isn’t an option.