77,000 NYC students struggle without tablets, internet for remote learning

NEW YORK CITY — City leaders, parents and students gathered outside of Department of Education headquarters Sunday, calling on the city’s top educators to end the digital divide among New York City public schools students after recently released data shows 77,000 students in public housing and shelters don’t have the technology or WiFi needed for remote learning.

Lorna Lighter, a Brooklyn mother of three, was at the rally. She questioned why two of her children don’t have tablets and asked why they’re being left behind. Lighter said she has been asking DOE staff for help since schools pivoted to remote learning back in March.

“It’s hard when you go to the system and talk to people and they look at you like you stupid,” she said. “I’m not stupid. I have an education. I fought the waters to get an education. I want my children to have an education.”

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