From March-August 2020, the California Bridging the Digital Divide Fund has garnered over $18.3 million and in-kind donations that have enabled the procurement of over 64,000 devices and 100,000 hotspots. Over 300 districts (approximately 29% of all districts in California) have received devices and/or hotspots. The need in districts for devices and hotspots is still high based on a recent survey conducted by CDE. Thank you for joining us in the fight to close California's digital divide!
The California Bridging the Digital Divide Fund is a joint effort of the Governor’s Office, State Board of Education, California Department of Education, and CDE Foundation. The CA BDD Fund is a centralized resource for state leadership to provide essential devices, connectivity, and related digital learning supports for PK-12 students, teachers, and their families. Funds from this campaign will go directly to equip school districts with the resources they need to enable distance learning for our 6.2 million learners and 300,000+ teachers.
As the private, non-profit partner of the California Department of Education since 2011, the CDE Foundation works closely with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and his team to enable public-private partnerships and implement solutions across the state. Our focus in particular is on building more equitable teaching and learning environments, which are currently in even greater jeopardy due to the uneven impacts of COVID-19 on students, families, and educators.
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