Parents Struggle to Afford High-Tech Back to School Shopping

73% of the nation’s largest school districts are still educating students remotely this Fall. This means back to school shopping isn’t about that new backpack, but about buying bluetooth headphones, software, and computers to connect to the classroom. Parents are finding equipping their kids with the right tools is pricier than past years. According to USA Today, some parents in Houston are going into debt and dishing out over $1500 to buy laptops, desks, and more.

On this Business Casual snippet, hosts Daniel Litwin and Tyler Kern consider how equitably remote education has been delivered during COVID. Amid such a drastic pivot in instruction, should state governments restructure school budgets to help school districts in need? Kern and Litwin brainstorm accessible solutions in the private and public sector.

KEY POINTS:

  1. In this post-COVID new school year, school shopping is expensive.
  2. Houston parents struggle to afford tech expenses required of remote based learning.
  3. How do states and schools get tech in the hands of every student?

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