FCC Commissioner and HHF Address Homework Gap

Cynthia Pleitez

Marketing and Communications Strategist

FCC COMMISSIONER JESSICA ROSENWORCEL JOINS HISPANIC HERITAGE FOUNDATION AND PUEDE NETWORK IN ADDRESSING ‘HOMEWORK GAP’ ON JUNE 8TH IN DALLAS

150 Youth to Attend Launch of Tech-Based Summer Math and Reading Program in Oak Cliff Community

 WHO:

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel

Puede Network Founder Adan Gonzalez

Hispanic Heritage Foundation President Jose Antonio Tijerino

WHAT:

Latinos and other youth, research has shown, are at an educational disadvantage due to a greater lack of access to wifi and technology overall, which has been dubbed the “homework gap” by FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. With schools letting out for summer vacation, students will face a drop of two months of grade level equivalency in math skills and reading achievement over the summer months. HHF and Puede Network are launching a tech-based reading and math effort for Oak Cliff students three times a week at the Puede Academy. After summer when schools are back in session, the students will continue have access to wifi to do their homework at the Puede Academy three times a week to close the “homework gap.” The Oak Cliff effort is a pilot of an HHF initiative to address the inequity in education and workforce preparedness through better access to technology across the country.

The Pulse Study, conducted by My College Options and HHF, found that 80 percent of Hispanic students who do not have regular access to a computer at home use their smart phones to access the internet and do their homework that requires broadband access. Hispanics are the mostly likely to use a smart phone to complete a homework assignment or college application. Hispanics also were found to be the most likely to not complete assignment because of lack of access and most likely to believe they received a lower grade because of their lack of access to the internet. The “homework gap” is not just affecting Latino students, according to the Pew Research Center five million households of the 29 million with school-aged children are falling into the gap and the Pulse Study found that overall, nearly 50 percent of all students said they have been unable to complete their homework because they didn’t have access to the Internet or a computer, and 42 percent of all students said they received a lower grade on an assignment because they didn’t have Internet access.

WHEN:                   

5-6:00 p.m., June 8, 2016

WHERE:                 

2207 Harlandale Ave

Dallas, TX 75216

 

CONTACT:            

Adan Gonzalez, 214.901.0940

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation inspires, prepares, and connects Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities in priority fields. HHF also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment, and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions. Visit www.HispanicHeritage.org.

 

The Puede Network, which serves over 500 underserved Latino families in Texas, promotes leadership, fitness, academics and community service through year-round after school programs aimed at K-12 students and their parents. Visit https://www.facebook.com/SiSePuedeNetwork/.

 

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