Did you know the United States spends $20 billion annually on K-12 instructional materials? This money is often spent without any measure on the impact of students, and schools unintentially waste public funds, provide students inferior or inappropriate materials, and perpetuate a system that makes it difficult for new, more effective curricula and instructional materials to break into the market.
Low-income students are at a particular disadvantage when programs are poorly implemented. One pilot program issued iPads and Chromebooks to students in six schools, only to later realize that 30 to 40 percent of the participants did not have internet access at home. Additionally, 41 percent of school site administrators identify digital equity as a "critical" technology challenge, according to Project Tomorrow.