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Bridging the digital divide

Original post made on Aug 26, 2014

Computers and mobile devices are turning into a staple school supply for kids in the Bay Area. The new requirement for all Los Altos High School students to bring a laptop or Chromebook to school every day indicates schools here in Mountain View are no exception.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 10:55 AM

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Posted by Hmm
a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 26, 2014 at 2:34 pm

There are plenty of computers at the libraries that can be used, by all status classes.

I got Comcast internet for 14.99/month for a year, and this article is telling me Mountain View and Los Alto folks can't afford something like this? But of course the same families can spend 80-100dollars on TV to watch soccer sports? Or buy 12 packs of beer daily. I don't believe this story at all, it's a ploy for sympathy. The POOOR Children.

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Posted by @Hmm
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 26, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Right, because most families leave TV and beer budget decisions to their children.

If you want to rectify the former you must educate the latter.

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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 30, 2014 at 11:36 am

@Hmm (example of beat-up-the-poor-and-huddled-masses negativity?) I prefer the poet's view of that!

Comcast Internet is $10 per month for school families that qualify for Economically Disadvantaged status. (+ $100 towards laptop/netbook). Neither of the School Boards (who all got a message from Comcast) has discussed this on an Agenda or bothered to implement this. Why? I'm a MVWSD Board member - And I don't know why the majority (or Administration) in not interested. This money is required by Comcast's past corporation 'public good works' projects required by their past corporate mergers (less competition - require more public benefit). For MVWSD there are 40% of the Middle School students who qualify. About the same # (20% of enrollment) in the MVLA district.
This is a public benefit entitlement for the Taxpayers - a good question for The CANDIDATES! (MVWSD & MVLASD). Why is this $$ being ignored?

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