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Leon County Schools working to address 'digital divide' amid COVID-19 budget cuts

Posted at 5:29 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 17:29:16-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Moving into the digital world is a priority for Leon County Schools, but making sure every student is able to have a laptop or tablet and log in can be costly.

The coronavirus pandemic showed the school system how important it is to have access to a laptop and internet.

LCS gave out more than 2,500 devices once students moved to distance learning and helped to supply Wi-Fi.

Before the start of the next school year, the goal is to have everyone ready for digital learning but budget cuts are threatening the district.

LCS is now trying to figure out how to find room in the dwindling budget.

"We do know there's a digital divide and there's a price tag associated with that," said Rocky Hanna, the superintendent for LCS. "We're meeting [Thursday] and the days to come to talk about that. What is the price tag to move to one-to-one. But we also don't want to do it just in. case there's another pandemic. We want to do it to infuse it with replacing textbooks."

There is no set plan for learning next semester which is dependent on the governor and commissioner of education.