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Many Students Yet to Receive Devices Needed For Remote Learning: Council Members

Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza (DOE)

April 17, 2020 By Christian Murray

Several Queens council members have penned a letter to Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza to let him know that many low-income parents have not received the equipment their children need for remote learning.

New York City public schools started remote learning on March 23 and many schools were able to provide students from low-income families with the computer devices needed in order to participate. However, according to the council members, many students have yet to receive the computer equipment—almost a month after remote learning began.

The letter–which was co-written by Council Members Francisco Moya, Donovan Richards among others—is calling on the Department of Education to provide data as to how many laptops, computers or tablets have been distributed to students in each school district.

The council members also want to know whether the devices were part of existing school supplies; were purchased by the DOE specifically for remote learning; or were donated.

The council members say that many of their constituents are doubting the DOE’s commitment to serving students from low income areas and they want the data to prove otherwise.

“These complaints are worrisome and have caused constituents to assume the DOE is not servings low-income neighborhoods as swiftly as higher-income neighborhoods,” the April 14 letter reads.

A DOE spokesperson said that the agency has distributed 175,000 school-based devices and is in the process of delivering additional devices to students whose family have asked for one by the end of the month—prioritizing the most vulnerable students.

The DOE is currently distributing more than 135,000 LTE-enabled iPads to students in need and aims to have them all out by the end of the month. It has shipped 105,000 iPads already.

The students who received the iPads first were public school students in shelters as well as those in temporary housing or foster care., according to the DOT. The agency, according to a spokesperson, has also prioritized high school students, students with disabilities, multilingual learners, students in public housing, and students who qualify for free- and reduced-price lunch.

“We’re delivering internet enabled devices to every student who’s requested one by the end of the month in an effort to eliminate the digital divide for students” a DOE spokesperson said in a statement.

“We prioritized our most vulnerable students for distribution and we’ve consistently transparently shared updates on these shipments, including sending communications to all families who requested a device informing them that we’ve received the request and their device is on its way.”

The DOE is asking parents who need a device to go to schools.nyc.gov or call 718-935-5100 and choose option 5 and request one. All devices, the agency says, will be shipped by the end of the month.

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rikki

Real parents always have a choice $250 for sneakers or a laptop….hmmm hard choices for parents today

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Mis

These devices should be considered school property and should be returned to the city when school is finished or opens up. Those that do not return them should pay a fine.

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they are. so many parents on this site write how thankful theyare for the the GIFT!

no. these are loaners. that’s why they take such measures instead of just handing it over… serial numbers, your address and other information… the name and id number of your child within the school system WHO IT IS INTENDED FOR! oh yeah, these are loaners!

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Tamra

Get my kids a new laptop already!!! Education is a right. I also want to be able to see them. I do not trust my sons baby mama.

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But parenting isn't a right!

I understand if you can’t afford a device, but these aren’t gifts. Education is a right but free devices aren’t. Please return the device when this pandemic is over.

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Art

That’s a lot of makeup he’s wearing. I wonder if he also uses it on his hands to cover the blood stains he and De Blasio have from keeping the schools open too long and not reporting cases of teachers testing positive for the virus.

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What's wrong with men wearing makeup?

Giuliani was here for NYC when we needed him, show a little respect you socialist.

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