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Letter: Board needs to be proactive in high-speed internet

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

May I say congratulations to Gloucester County Schools for using online education in its summer school program. Forward thinking communities always have the upper hand in this rapidly changing world. You have done your part to help prepare our children and if the BOS had only done theirs, your from-home participation may have been higher.

There is a difference between access ability and access, as most of you know. A child may qualify for a special school, but if the school is farther than the child’s family can afford to drive and has no transportation, then the school is inaccessible. The same holds true for the internet.

I have no way of knowing how many of the roughly 40 percent (36 of 86) of online summer school attendees that still had to go to school did not have computers, but I would not doubt many of them did not have high-speed internet. If they live off the routes where cable is available and cell phone connection is iffy (yes, there a...

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