An estimated one in five students in California do not have access to digital devices or broadband internet as the fight for digital equity has been framed as the “civil rights issue of our time”. This digital divide overwhelmingly impacts low income students of color and creates barriers to learning that exacerbate the educational disparities already existing in schools. Our guest Dr. Jessica Morales -Chicaas helps to frame how, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the digital divide has widened even further as youth of color in low income communities are now forced to navigate the lack of access to technology and high speed internet necessary to participate in required online classes.
Founded by our guest Ricardo Mireles, in 2005, Academia Avance is an independent charter school in the Highland Park community of Los Angeles. This school currently serves a student population that is 92% Latinx. Additionally, 96% of its students are socioeconomically disadvantaged. As the first public charter school in the community, Academia Avance exemplifies student success as academic and professional empowerment and community leadership. Unfortunately, the abrupt shift to online learning has created a large educational barrier for many students attending Academia Avance.
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