Testimony & Policy Recommendations
This year we are focused on two council bills related to digital equity:
DCPS Technology Equity Act of 2021, introduced by Councilmember Janeese Lewis George
Internet Equity Amendment Act of 2021, introduced by Councilmember Charles Allen
We are also conducting deep dives into two aspects of digital equity, with the goal of developing
recommendations for next school year. The two focus areas are:
Digital Literacy Skills for K-12 Students. There are many definitions for digital literacy but in general it refers to the ability to use technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information. These skills range from keyboard typing skills and the basics of using a computer, to being proficient in using word processing, spreadsheets, and online learning platforms and being able to evaluate digital content and media.
School Internet Infrastructure. Even before the pandemic, some DCPS schools struggled with unreliable internet connectivity in school buildings. A reliable school internet infrastructure requires regular upgrades of network and building hardware, as well as a functional IT support system for troubleshooting WiFi problems.