With confirmed cases of coronavirus on the rise in the US, over 100,000 schools have closed, disrupting the education of over 55 million students. While many schools are turning to online instruction, the millions of students who fall into the “homework gap”— those who lack broadband access at home — risk falling further behind their peers.
The gap is substantial. Approximately 12 million students lack broadband access at home. While many think of the digital divide as an urban-rural divide, there are three times as many households without broadband access in urban areas than rural areas.