City Limits Op-ed: Katy Knight on the Digital Divide in Our Schools

Siegel Family Endowment’s Katy Knight argues in City Limits that we cannot let the digital divide leave more of our students behind. Over the course of the pandemic, we’ve seen many students in New York City struggle to keep up with online learning due to lack of connectivity. Even when learning is not fully remote, internet access is so crucial. Katy shares her thoughts on what the city needs to do to ensure access and help students succeed.

Katy writes: “The internet is a requirement for many facets of daily life: to sign up for a vaccine, register to vote, complete the Census, file taxes, apply for jobs, consult with a doctor, or train for a new career.  If we treated internet connectivity like any other utility—water, gas, electricity—these shortfalls in delivering an essential public good would be an outrage.”

Read the full op-ed here.