Survey finds Philly teachers were concerned about students’ ability to get online as remote learning started

Mike DeNardo
May 06, 2020 - 5:39 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) As the Philadelphia School District was preparing to launch online learning, a survey conducted in late March shows Philadelphia teachers were concerned about their students' access to computers. 

The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers' survey of 5,400 members said most weren't concerned about using their own computers, phones or internet to teach online. But more than 95% were “concerned" or "extremely concerned" about their students' access to computers and the internet. 

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The survey was done on March 25 and 26, before the district began loaning out 81,000 Chromebooks, and before planned online instruction started this week. 

The survey also found 32% of teachers were "extremely concerned" about balancing working from home with other issues such as child care, and 40 percent said they were "extremely concerned" with learning the tech platforms the district planned to use.

Nearly half were “extremely concerned” about having sufficient tech support.