An internet provider in California and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) have reached an agreement to provide free internet access until the end of December 2020.
The free access will be delivered by Starry Inc. to tenants living at one of HACLA’s projects. It will help students who live there to attend on line classes and complete assignments. Students who complete their studies are destined for higher earnings and less likely to experience homelessness as adults.
At $15/month, Starry’s internet charge for these HACLA tenants is already deeply discounted. The company has also provided 21 computers. Compared with a phone or other small screen device, computers make it easier to study on line.
Read more in TheArgonaut: Starry, Inc. Brings Free ‘Beamed’ Internet To Local Families In Need
The Washington Post has just published an article that demonstrates the importance of initiatives that make it possible for young people to attend classes on line. The article reports that college and university enrollment is down, especially among African American and Latinex youth in families with low incomes. It also describes that these students are less likely to enroll after a “gap” year than white students. If other supporter could step up to the plate, more students would have an opportunity to complete their education. The Washington Post story is here: The latest crisis: Low-income students are dropping out of college this fall in alarming numbers
Dear readers: the Post has a paywall and your access may be limited to one or more views monthly. While the paywall may prevent you from reading yet another of the Washington Post’s excellent articles, you can access some of the data discussed in the article:
- Tableau Public has published information about trends in enrollment in 2020: Form your future FAFSA (Free Application For Student Aid) Tracker
- The National Student Clearinghouse Research Centre issued a report in 2019 about students who leave their education program part way through and go on (or don’t) to complete their degree: Signature Report 17: Some College No Degree. The Centre also produces monthly updates on enrollment trends here.
- EAB, an education research company, looks at enrollment deposits to illustrate the equity impacts of COVID-19 on school enrollment this fall: Update: What trends in enrollment deposits and FAFSA filings mean for equity