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Lack Of Internet Access Caused Thousands Of Conn. Students To Miss Out On Distance Learning

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Connecticut school districts say access to technology has kept tens of thousands of students from being able to learn at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

About 50,000 students don’t have access to a device in the home, and nearly 30,000 students have trouble with internet access. That’s according to a survey from the Connecticut Department of Education sent out to school districts across the state.

The survey showed students fared substantially worse in some of the state’s largest cities, Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven and Waterbury.

Statewide, about nine in ten Connecticut students used computers and tablets to take part in distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The rest used a combination of printed material, phone calls and wellness checks, according to the survey.

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Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He fell in love with sound-rich radio storytelling while working as an assistant reporter at KBIA public radio in Columbia, Missouri. Before coming back to radio, he worked in digital journalism as the editor of Newtown Patch. As a freelance reporter, his work for WSHU aired nationally on NPR. Davis is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism; he started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.
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