Education

California students return to school 3 weeks after deadly wildfire

The Butte College Associated Study Body providing free school supplies to those students impacted by the Camp Fire in Oroville, Calif.
The Butte College Associated Study Body providing free school supplies to students impacted by the Camp Fire. Photo: Anda Chu/Digital First Media/East Bay Times via Getty Images

Thousands of school children who lost their homes or classrooms in Northern California's wildfire last month returned to school for the first time in three weeks on Monday, the AP reports.

Why it matters: About 31,000 students have been unable to attend school since the Camp Fire, the state's deadliest wildfire, began to sweep through Paradise, California and surrounding neighborhoods in early November. The blaze, which is now contained, killed at least 88 people and destroyed nearly 14,000 homes in the northern part of the state. About 25 people are still missing.

The "homework gap": 12 million schoolchildren lack internet

Data: Pew Research Center; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

About 7 in 10 teachers assign homework that requires broadband access, but nearly 1 in 3 households don't have it.

Why it matters: The "homework gap" affects 12 million U.S. school-age kids, according to the Senate Joint Economic Committee. Students with less access to digital tools are at risk of falling behind their peers who are more connected.

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