21st Century Digital Infrastructure for Schools
About the Problem
Many American classrooms do not have adequate digital infrastructure.
Former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has remarked that “most schools have about as much internet bandwidth as your house,” further describing the problem as “educationally unsound and morally unacceptable.” By his estimates, each classroom requires internet download speeds of 45 mbps, and each school needs 120 mbps. Unfortunately, the current average for schools is 15 mbps.
The lack of quality digital infrastructure in U.S. schools is one of the reasons why our students are falling behind their international peers in all subject areas, including crucial STEM fields. Only 20% of U.S. classrooms include high-speed broadband internet access.
The recent explosion of cloud infrastructure has opened up a world of possibilities for file storage and sharing, but utilizing cloud computing effectively requires fast internet speeds. If we want our students to take advantage of the educational opportunities the internet can offer, they need internet speeds that can accommodate it.
About the Policy
Allocate more federal funding to ensure that all K-12 schools have the infrastructure to support 21st century learning (e.g. broadband access, technology-savvy teachers and adequate computers).
Polling data derived from three national surveys conducted by Cohen Research Group in February and March 2016. Each survey had a sample size of at least 1,000 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.1%
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