“March 9, 2020
Dear Mr. Vestberg:
Los Angeles Unified serves the needs of almost 700,000 students who live in communities spread across 700 square miles. About 80% of students are from families living in poverty. 73% of students are Latino and 8% are African American. We serve students and families with high needs.
As we plan for a potential occurrence of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our schools, we are taking steps to ensure students can continue to learn from home in the event of extended school closures. At the core of this will be online instruction using a digital device connected to the internet. Unfortunately, about 25% of our students — 125,000 children — have neither a device on which to learn nor the ability to connect to the internet outside of school.
We would like to discuss with Verizon a plan to support our students by providing internet access to those who may not otherwise have access to learning.
We hope Verizon will consider working with us on this. I will call your office to follow up.