Bridging The Broadband 'Homework Gap' That Puts Some Kids At A Disadvantage05:33
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About five million households with school-aged kids can’t use the internet to do their homework or communicate with their school or teachers. That puts them at an academic disadvantage. (john_a_ward/Flickr)MoreCloseclosemore
About five million households with school-aged kids can’t use the internet to do their homework or communicate with their school or teachers. That puts them at an academic disadvantage. (john_a_ward/Flickr)

In the speech laying out her economic plan last week, Hillary Clinton said she wants to make sure every household in America is connected to broadband by 2020.

About 5 million households with school-aged kids don’t have access to broadband, which means those kids can’t use the internet to do their homework or communicate with their school or teachers, which puts them at an academic disadvantage.

Here & Now’s Peter O'Dowd talks with Dr. Edward Lee Vargas about the problem. Vargas is executive vice president of AVID, and a former superintendent for urban school districts in Texas, New Mexico, California and Washington.

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Dr. Edward Lee Vargas, executive vice president of AVID and former superintendent for urban school districts in Texas, New Mexico, California and Washington. AVID tweets @AVID4College.

This segment aired on August 19, 2016.

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