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Thousands of NYC Students Won’t Have Access to Computers Before Remote Learning Starts Next Week

More than one million New York City students are slated to begin remote learning next week, but the education department acknowledged Thursday that it could take weeks before all students have the technology they need to communicate with their teachers.

“We’re not going to have 300,000 devices by Monday — we never said we would,” said Chancellor Richard Carranza, referring to the city’s estimate of the number of families who need technology to work remotely. “We do have a plan for having those devices in the hands of our students in the coming weeks.”

The city is prioritizing devices for students who live in public housing, come from low-income families, or are homeless and anticipated distributing 25,000 devices over the next week, Carranza said. Some schools are also distributing materials on paper.

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