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Considerations to Ensure Equity and Access for All Students

  • California Constitution prohibits LEAs (local education agencies)from requiring students to purchase devices or internet access, to provide their own devices, or otherwise pay a fee as a condition of accessing required course materials under the free schools guarantee.
  • California law requires that all students have access to standards-aligned textbooks or instructional materials in the core subjects, for use in class and to take home. This standard is grounded in the principle of equal educational opportunity under the California Constitution.
  • It's important to note that equitable access does not require that LEAs offer the exact same content through the same channel for all students. Instead of abandoning a promising e-learning approach because not all students will have equal access to it from home, the plan should include an analysis of alternate deliveries of comparable educational content.