Detroit businesses, philanthropic and community leaders announce $23 million investment to get students online  

A coalition of Detroit’s leading businesses and philanthropic organizations announced last week a plan to place a computer tablet with high-speed internet, along with technical support, into the hands of every Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) student (grades kindergarten through 12th) before the end of this school year.

The program, called “Connecting Futures” is the first step in addressing the digital inequity within the City of Detroit. The issue has become more prominent due to students being forced to learn from home because of the coronavirus pandemic. DPSCD estimates that 90% of the district’s student do not have proper access to internet at home.

Businesses, philanthropic organizations and DPSCD have committed funding for the program over the last three weeks. The first six months of internet connectivity will be fully subsidized during which time students will be transitioned to a low-cost, hard-wired connection.

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