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Arkansas Gets Failing Grade for Digital Learning

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- On the first day of class, Arkansas gets a failing grade for digital learning opportunities.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- On the first day of class, Arkansas gets a failing grade for digital learning opportunities.

The ranking comes from the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and identifies policy, access, delivery and infrastructure as weaknesses for broadband used by Arkansas schools.

On Monday, the state education committee discussed what exactly this means going forward.

Arkansas is one of 14 states that picked up an "F" from the Digital Learning Now rankings, which found that while many schools have broadband access, they simply don't have enough.

Now some lawmakers are saying more money for broadband could possibly come up in a future legislative session.

"We constantly invest in our road system. It's the same thing, it's just a virtual road system," says senator Joyce Elliott. "I think we will need to make some investment. We need to think long and hard about how that investment will be ongoing."

Utah is the only state to receive an "A" for digital learning opportunities.


(story contributed by KARK, Little Rock, Ark.)

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