Chicago schools seek assistance to bridge digital divide

10/17/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Public schools in Chicago are looking to new programs to help the poorest students participate in efforts to embrace digital learning in schools. An initiative by Comcast offers low-cost broadband service and computers to families of students who qualify for the federal school-lunch program. "We believe many of our students have computers at home, but that doesn't mean anything if they don't have Internet," said Todd Yarch, principal of Voise Academy High School, which has a new blended-learning program.

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