One Barrier to Internet Access has Fallen, but Colorado Education Leaders Say the Divide Remains Too Large

Chalkbeat Colorado | Claire Bryan

“We think it is important that we have not just a district effort but a legislative effort to fix this,” Denver Superintendent Susana Cordova said. “And to make sure this is something that becomes a utility. Just like Xcel, just like Denver Water, just like trash pick-up, the internet should be open and available to all of our families.”

According to a Colorado Education Initiative report in April, approximately 53,000 students statewide did not have access to devices for online learning during the pandemic, and 66,000 students did not have access to the internet. While the needs around device access have gone down in the past few months, in Denver alone, 7% of students still lack reliable internet, causing many students to fall behind.

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