July 02, 2018

Luján gets demo of school district's new ‘rolling study halls' program

Santa Fe New Mexican: June 30, 2018

Democratic U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Luján, who is hoping to narrow a digital divide by helping U.S. schools fund Wi-Fi service on school buses, and Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel got a demonstration Friday of a new Rolling Study Halls program at Santa Fe Public Schools.

Google is partnering with the Santa Fe school district to give students with long commutes the ability to ride buses outfitted with Wi-Fi and an onboard tutor.

Students participated in a coding activity during a bus ride Friday. Then the school district hosted a discussion with Luján and Rosenworcel about the digital divide.

If airline passengers can access the internet at 30,000 feet, Luján said, students on the ground should also have Wi-Fi in their buses to get homework done.

Luján has introduced legislation aimed at broadening access by allowing the commission’s E-Rate program to reimburse schools that put Wi-Fi on school buses.

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