The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says about 200,000 Missouri students do not have broadband internet access. Many Missouri students are learning remotely during the ongoing pandemic.
During a ceremony Thursday evening, Misty Grandel, a high school English teacher in southwest Missouri’s Fordland, says only 35 percent of students in her school have access to high-speed internet at home.
Grandel says COVID-19 has brought to light the deep inequities occurring in many rural and inner-city schools.
Grandel is the 2020 Teacher of the Year.