delhi school news: Delhi HC directs unaided private, govt schools to provide gadgets, internet to EWS students

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NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Friday directed unaided private schools and government schools like Kendriya Vidyalayas and others to provide gadgets and internet package to students of the economically weaker section (EWS) to take online classes.

A division bench of Justice Manmohan and Justice Sanjeev Narula, while passing the judgement, clarified that the cost of such gadgets and digital equipments as well as internet package are not a part of tuition fee and have to be provided free of cost to the EWS / DG students by private unaided schools and government schools like Kendriya Vidyalayas.

“The RTE (Right to Education) Act lays down the material foundation for creating equal opportunities for everyone in order to reach the ultimate goal of socio-economic justice. Good quality education translates into better employment avenues. By ensuring that EWS students are admitted to private schools we can strive to achieve socio-economic equality,”

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An education system, divided: How internet inequity persisted through 4 presidents and left schools unprepared for the pandemic

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Jackson Federico, a tower technician for Advanced Wireless Solutions, works to make some repairs on the dish on the Pollard cell tower high off the ground in rural Rio Blanco County on July 12, 2017, near Meeker, Colorado. Broadband in Rio Blanco county and Meeker is some of the best in the state for rural areas. (Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

As COVID-19 shut down its schools, Hamilton County, Tennessee, was ideally situated for the switch to virtual learning. At least in theory.

Home to the regional tech hub of Chattanooga, Hamilton County has been celebrated for its pioneering, municipally owned fiber-optic network and the economic revival it has powered over the past decade. The area’s schools have played their part as well, launching an initiative to provide every student access to a Chromebook beginning in sixth grade. Even as classrooms began migrating online in March,

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Provide gadgets, Internet to poor students for online classes: Delhi HC to schools – education

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The Delhi High Court on Friday directed private unaided schools and Kendriya Vidyalayas in the city to provide poor students with gadgets and Internet connections for online classes during Covid-19.

Justice Manmohan said that to address the intra-class discrimination between 25% of students from the economically weaker section/disadvantaged groups (EWS/DG) and 75% of students who pay fees, schools are directed to supply gadgets as well as Internet packs so that they have access to online classes.

The two-judge bench gave its verdict Friday after hearing a plea by an NGO Justice for All through advocates Khagesh B Jha and Shikha Sharma Bagga, who had sought that EWS/DG students be provided with laptops and smartphones with high-speed Internet connections.

Also Read: Govt should provide free smartphones to all school children: NGO

In its 94-page judgment, the court said that the cost of such gadgets/digital equipment as well as Internet package is

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Baltimore-area schools start the year with online education. Thousands of students lack a way to engage.

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On the first day of a new school year in the midst of a pandemic, tens of thousands of students will likely be left behind, unable to show up Tuesday to greet their classmates and teachers on a computer screen.

a man using a laptop computer holding a cell phone: Allison Engel, a teacher at Ridge Ruxton School, teaches a summer school math class.

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Allison Engel, a teacher at Ridge Ruxton School, teaches a summer school math class.

Despite efforts by Baltimore-area school systems, students who lack internet access or a laptop won’t be signing on to the live online classes, their only opportunity for instruction until schools reopen. And they aren’t likely to get connected quickly.

The Maryland Department of Education has no reliable data on how many of its approximately 900,000 public school students lack access to a reliable internet connection or computers. Neither do many school system officials who say they’ve spent the summer attempting to reach disconnected households.

“The fact

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With safeguards, Amish in public schools embrace technology

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BERLIN, Ohio (AP) — For more than 30 years, Jerry Schlabach has owned and operated Berlin Bulk Foods, a quaint Amish mom-and-pop shop nestled in the heart of downtown Berlin.

His five sons all worked at the store. And each received a traditional Amish education, graduating after the eighth-grade. Despite this, Schlabach recognizes a need for increased technology and computer training in his community, a counterintuitive notion given the belief structures of the culture he was born into.

And though not turning a blind eye to his Amish heritage, Schlabach, along with a core group of supporters, knew a little change would go a long way.

“It’s important they

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Mandate to cost local schools $2 million

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Gypsum Creek Middle School is the pilot program for the school district’s Computers on Wheels program. The program is in eight local schools, and eventually will be in them all. The district bought 32 Goodle Chromebooks, along with mobile kiosks to move them around.
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EAGLE — It could cost local schools $2 million to comply with an unfunded state and federal mandate.

The Colorado Department of Education is demanding that all standardized testing be done online by 2015. It will cost the school district around $2 million to buy enough computers and bandwidth to comply.

The Eagle County school district took its first step in that direction, spending $10,000 on 32 Google Chromebook computers and creating mobile kiosks to move them around. They’re called Computers on Wheels.

“With 32 Chromebooks on each mobile kiosk, an entire class can have one-to-one access to technology in their

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How Barnegat Schools Will Address COVID-19 Learning Loss

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BARNEGAT, NJ – Medical experts regularly speak on the potential for long-term side effects from COVID-19. Many working people and business owners continue to experience economic instability. Meanwhile, no one can dispute the lingering harm the pandemic caused when it comes to students.  The Barnegat School District announced its plans last week to combat what could otherwise become a learning crisis.

The sudden end of the 2019-2020 school year came unexpectedly. Barnegat school administrators went into a reactive mode as far as setting up remote learning for the district’s 3400 students. On Wednesday, a great many children will return to brick and mortar buildings on a hybrid schedule. At least 20% of local public-school students will continue their learning on a complete virtual platform.

A number of district employees helped put together a Remote Learning Handbook to assist parents, teachers, and students through the process. Students enrolled in the hybrid

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Peekskill Schools Open With ‘Can Do’ Attitude

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PEEKSKILL, NY — Peekskill schools opened Thursday taking a ‘can do’ attitude toward the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

“While it might not have been the kick-off to the school year that we have had in previous years, today was certainly special in its own way,” said Superintendent Dr. David Mauricio. “Starting schools in a virtual model posed some challenges for us at first, but our team came together to create solutions.”

Mauricio said the hard work that teachers, staff and administrators did to prepare was evident as students logged into their virtual classrooms and were engaged in instruction.

“It was great to see the excitement on both ends – from teachers and students,” he said.

One of the most important innovations for the start of the school year was giving out Chromebooks to students who need laptops.

“As of this afternoon, we have handed out over 700 devices to

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Spectrum introduces high-speed Internet service that schools can offer students for at-home learning

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Spectrum, a telecommunications company, is unveiling a cable broadband plan that provides another option for households with students needing high-speed Internet for at-home classes during the coronavirus pandemic.

a wooden cutting board: Remote learning requires adequate Internet service.

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Remote learning requires adequate Internet service.

It’s called “Stay Connected K-12” and it would cost $29.99 a month per household with 50 megabits per second for downloading and 5 megabits for uploading. Spectrum would not contract directly with customers, however, but with schools.


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A minimum of 50 connections per school would be required for a school to take advantage of the program, according to Connie Luck, a Spectrum representative who detailed the plan to members of Cleveland City Council’s Finance Committee on Monday.

Council President Kevin Kelley, who chairs the committee, said Spectrum asked to speak to the council about its offering, although the council has no authority to negotiate on behalf of

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Schools face shortages on critical supplies needed for online learning

SAN FRANCISCO — Schools across the United States are facing shortages and long delays, of up to several months, in getting this year’s most crucial back-to-school supplies: the laptops and other equipment needed for online learning, an Associated Press investigation has found.

The world’s three biggest computer companies, Lenovo, HP and Dell, have told school districts they have a shortage of nearly 5 million laptops, in some cases exacerbated by Trump administration sanctions on Chinese suppliers, according to interviews with over two dozen U.S. schools, districts in 15 states, suppliers, computer companies and industry analysts.

As the school year begins virtually in many places because of the coronavirus, educators nationwide worry that computer shortfalls will compound the inequities — and the headaches for students, families and teachers.

“This is going to be like asking an artist to paint a picture without paint. You can’t have a kid do distance learning

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