The world has gone online, and the sooner everybody realizes that, the better, says the state’s top public school official.   "We have entire counties in Illinois where schools, or libraries, or any public settings, for that matter, don’t have access to broadband,” says Illinois schools superintendent Chris Koch. “That is one level of concern. The second one is making sure that wiring is up to speed in our buildings, and the third one would be around devices.”


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Koch says state testing by paper and pencil will not be cost-effective – $3 per student per test, according to estimates he cites. He says only a quarter of schools in the state are what he would consider “online ready.


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