How do you learn remotely with no internet? SLO County families struggle to connect


Source: The Tribune

For Nishca Cross, every day she can’t get internet at home is another day her sixth-grade son loses ground in his education.

The San Miguel mother has been struggling to get connected amid the coronavirus shelter-at-home order, but appointments are so backed up, her provider won’t make it out for another two weeks.

A data analysis from Education Trust-West — which advocates for and conducts research into education equity issues — indicates students in the poorest and most remote districts likely struggled with internet access more than their peers in wealthier and more populous areas even before the coronavirus outbreak.

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Karla Fernandez

Communications Manager

Karla Fernandez (she/her/hers) joins Ed Trust–West as a Communications Manager with over 11 years of experience advancing social impact initiatives.

Karla started her career as a teacher at Chicago Public Schools and UIC College Prep. After teaching, Karla joined United Friends of the Children to support LA County’s youth in foster care as a college counselor. Through Leadership for Educational Equity, Karla also served as a Policy Advisor Fellow for the office of a Los Angeles Unified School Board Member. She solidified her interests in policy analysis and quantitative research during her time with the Price Center for Social Innovation, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, and the USC Presidential Working Group on Sustainability. Before joining The Education Trust–West, Karla was the Associate Director for the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative, a network of nonprofits advocating for communities in SELA.

Karla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, a Master of Public Policy from the USC Price School of Public Policy, and a Graduate Certificate in Policy Advocacy from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Karla is based out of southern California and is passionate about using data analysis, communications, and digital strategies for policy advocacy and social justice efforts.