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Kids with home computers log higher graduation rates.

Teens with home computer access are 6 to 8 percentage points more likely to graduate high school than those who don't have a PC in the house, according to a new University of California-Santa Cruz study. Unfortunately, the digital divide among races remains wide. Although more than 85 percent of white students enjoy home computer access, only about half of black and Latino kids do.

"Twenty million children in the United States, or 26 percent of children, have no computer access at home, and race is a key part of who's online and who isn't," says researcher Robert Fairlie, associate professor of economics at UCSC. "The digital divide has important implications for educational and economic inequality in the United States. These findings should be a wake-up call for policy makers."

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Title Annotation:Technology Update
Publication:Curriculum Review
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U9CA
Date:Jan 1, 2006
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