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Columbus School District to provide students free internet access

The Columbus Municipal School District is working to provide students with free internet access.

Posted: Aug 9, 2019 6:49 PM
Updated: Aug 12, 2019 9:55 AM

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pay a lot for your son or daughter to go to school. there are school supplies, lunches. and the cost goes up if you're child is a high school senior. but in columbus, the public schools are working to take away one expense. they plan to give their students free internet. the superintendent says this has never been done in the state before. the board of trustees chose five areas in the district to give students free internet access. and one of those agencies is the boys and girls club. the board of trustees is working with columbus light and water and the housing authority to promote students' digital literacy. dr. cherie labat, the district's superintendent said the board specifically chose the sites because they have the highest concentration of students. the plan is to have computers in agencies like the boys and girls club so students can excel with homework and other digital needs. labat said the project costs about $100,00 over 5 years and the district will pay a monthly bill to columbus light and water. labat says this resource will hopefully make a huge impact on accessibility and student achievement in the long run. she said its important to make internet available to all students because we live in a digital world.. labat said the district will give high school students laptops to access the internet. she doesn't know exactly when this will happen but hopes it's soon. live in columbus nicole dantzler wtva nine
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