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Past · October 28, 2021

Achieving Digital Equity for California’s Students

Virtual Event

October 28, 2021 · 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


About the Program

The importance of digital connectivity in K–12 education has never been more apparent. Did student access to devices and the internet improve during the pandemic? Did unprecedented investments in broadband help close equity gaps in digital access? PPIC researcher Joseph Hayes will outline key findings from a new report, and a panel of experts will discuss how local, state, and national stakeholders can continue working together on this vital issue.

This research and event are supported with funding from the Michelson 20MM Foundation.


11:00 a.m. Welcome and Presentation
Joseph Hayes, research associate, Public Policy Institute of California

11:15 a.m. Panel Discussion
Moderator: Niu Gao, senior fellow, Public Policy Institute of California
Marguerite Reardon, senior reporter, CNET
Amy Tong, director and state chief information officer, California Department of Technology
Luis Wong, chief technology officer, Imperial County Office of Education

11:45 a.m. Audience Q&A

12:00 p.m. Adjourn


Niu Gao

Joseph Hayes

Public Policy Institute of California

Marguerite Reardon


Amy Tong

California Government Operations Agency

Luis Wong

Imperial County Office of Education



K–12 Education Population