[caption id="attachment_29383" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="With 40 percent of U.S. homes without broadband, educators continue the push to close the digital divide."]With 40 percent of U.S. homes without broadband, educators continue the push to close the digital divide.[/caption]

Roughly 40 percent of Americans do not have high-speed internet access at home, according to new Commerce Department figures that reinforce what some educators believe is causing some students to fall behind.

That number of households without high-speed internet access also underscores the challenges facing policy makers who are trying to bring affordable...

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