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Look, it's morning edition from NPR News. I'm Noelle King and I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning distance learning in the pandemic. Highlights of problem that experts have warned about For years. Some students have good access to the Internet. And others do not. It's called the digital divide. Many districts are about to start the school year with Mohr distance learning. So how can they narrow that Divide? Rachel Martin spoke with Nicole Turner Lee, who studies it. When you look back at those two, sometimes three months that that students in this country were doing distance learning what what worked and what didn't You know, I think generally I am in agreement with some of the folks that have looked at this short period of time is ah, somewhat of an abject failure for our Children. What worked was that you know, schools had the attention of their households to figure out what to do during a time of crisis. What didn't work was at schools were not necessarily ready to move to an online solution, particularly when they assess the equity challenges of who had broadband and who did not. We know that they were probably about 12 to 15 million students that did not have access at all. And in those households that were low income, they were proud. About 32 35% of those students who did not have access to multiple devices. So what now? How do we make that better? You know, I think it's important for schools to sort of put together what I call a 21st century remote access blueprints. What we found out from schools is that they had very little data about who was connected with in their districts or around the proximity of a school. I think once they have that data, and they determined that, you know. Hey, this provider is in our community. Maybe that provider doesn't have access to on open hot spot. Then it's up to the school district. To start thinking about them. What do we do about those blind spots? So example in in ST Louis that didn't think about the fact that many of their students on free or reduced price lunched lived in public housing. And so as a result of that, there was never a conversation to go directly to the public housing property manager and say, Hey, can you open up an unlicensed WiFi hot spot so that our kids who live here can get access? Instead, we saw schools and libraries become what some have now coin digital parking lives where people would pull up because the library fortunate was able to bolster its signal, and schools were able to broadcast out their wireless, maybe three or 400 feet. It. Is that really sustainable? I mean, just seems totally untenable. Tohave. These families you know, crammed with their kids in a car in a parking lot of a library to just do their basic homework assignments. Oh, no, I agree. I think that at first it was exciting, but it gets old. We have to look at where these blind spots were in the last 2 to 3 months and reimagine education re Imagine learning communities can we actually take a bacon space and, Ah, you know a small storefront retail community and actually bring a classroom. Or to classrooms to that space to keep those youth sort of together, right? Can we actually think about partnering with a non profit organization or church that maybe in the middle of a rural, urban or suburban community where kid does not have access to walk to a local library and maybe create a mesh network in that sense? What do you need from the federal government To make that happen? You know, I'd like to think that moving forward. We may think about a national appropriation the same way we think about our food nutrition centers right and how we give food to the needy through the stat program or the town of program. The challenges you know, those are all very partisan in terms of changes in leadership affect that, But we need to do something different to ensure that when we have these types of Breakdowns that schools are not sort of running around themselves, trying to figure it out by themselves that they can tap into resource is that allow them to solve these types of problems. Nicole turn early with the Brookings Institution. She studied digital divides an education for decades. We so appreciate your time in perspective on this. Thank you. Thank you Feel much. Poland's conservative incumbent President Andre Duda has won a second term. It was a bitterly fought election and the opposition might well dispute the results here's asked me Nicholson Speaking to journalists this morning, Poland's electoral commission announced that Andre Duda received 51.2% of the vote, narrowly beating Rafael Trickovski, who got 48.8%. Votes is still being counted, but the electoral commission says any variation and numbers will be slight and won't alter the final outcome. Judah greeted supporters in the early hours of this morning. Duda enjoys the backing of Poland's governing right wing Lauren Justice Party. He led a campaign heavily dominated by homophobia rhetoric in which he promised to defend quote Catholic family values. His opponent, Rafay Trickovski, is mayor of Waterfall, Poland's capital and largest city. Chaturvedi comes out both Appearing before supporters he didn't concede as a pro European who's culturally more liberal. Trajkovski's campaign promised to unite the country by bringing back balance and tolerance to Polish politics. Under Duda, the governing right wing Lauren Justice Party can continue strengthening its grip on the court system and public media policies that Trickovski pledged to veto as the results reflect Poland's presidential campaign was exceptionally divisive Duda who denounced the LGBTQ rights movement as an ideology worse than communism. Garnered support from the government and the Catholic Church. State television also sided with Duda, alleging that Schakowsky does not have polish interests at heart, and it revived Poland's fraught history of anti Semitism, accusing him of promoting Jewish concerns. Trajkovski's party. The opposition Civic Platform Group, says it's looking into potential cases of electoral misconduct such as registration problems. A missing postal banish papers for NPR news. I'm as me Nicholson in bundles. Thank you for listening.

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