CHARLOTTE – More than 5,000 high school students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will receive free Wi-Fi hotspot devices and high-speed wireless internet service in the fall to help close the homework gap.
Ninth-graders who do not have connectivity at home will receive the Wi-Fi hotspots with 3GB per month of high speed internet and unlimited 2G speed at no charge. Research has shown that about 5 million U.S. families with school-aged children do not have broadband access at home but at least 70 percent of teachers assign homework that requires access.
The technology donations are part of a national project by Sprint and the Sprint Foundation. The 1Million Project will give wireless devices and service to more than 1 million students over the next five years.
“This technology will extend the learning process beyond the classroom and increase student engagement,” Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said. “CMS is excited to see what our students create and learn with access to this state-of-the-art technology over their four years in high school.”
CMS is one of more than 119 districts in 32 states that will participate in the nationwide technology rollout.
West Charlotte High was chosen as a pilot school for the 1Million Project and distributed 250 Sprint mobile hotspot devices in January.