School directors adopted two legislative positions supporting digital equity at WSSDA’s General Assembly, ranking them both in our top 10 priorities for this legislative session.
There are many bills this session addressing digital equity that focus on three areas: devices, broadband access, and digital literacy/training. WSSDA created a list that provides an overview of the broadband-related bills we are tracking, where they’re located in the legislative process, and our advocacy actions on each of them. Save the link and check back regularly to see how these bills progress throughout the session!
WSSDA also encourages you to review Learning from Calamity: A Report from the Remote Learning Task Force. This report, curated by the Technology Alliance, was written by a task force whose goal was to explore the problems arising in education from the COVID-19 pandemic and envision a better-prepared system for the next major disruption. WSSDA is supportive of the recommendations within this report and looks forward to working with the Technology Alliance on implementation.
Finally, the US House Committee on Energy & Commerce held a public hearing this week titled Connecting America: Broadband Solutions To Pandemic Problems. The testimony shared by Topeka Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Tiffany Anderson, was powerful and spoke to many of the needs we’re advocating for. Watch the full hearing below or read Dr. Anderson’s testimony.
If you have questions or want more information about WSSDA’s advocacy for digital equity email WSSDA Strategic Advocacy Coordinator Logan Endres.