21st Century student success hinges on internet access

Gone are the days of chalkboards ā€“ and even whiteboards ā€“ in schools. The Las Cruces Public Schools district has slowly transitioned into using more technology, such as Promethean boards ā€” fully digital smart screens that can connect to a computer to be used as a projector or writing board. And class textbooks and curriculum in many cases are fully online. That means students need access to the internet and a computer to do schoolwork, which is a challenge for many in Las Cruces. Twenty-two percent of LCPS students donā€™t have an internet subscription, meaning no data plans, broadband or any other type of service, according to 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau.