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Remote Learning Grant Program Available For Indiana Schools

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Zach Herndon
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IPB News

Indiana schools will have access to a grant program aimed at improving remote learning. The $61.6 million for the state-run program comes from the federal CARES Act.

The Holcomb administration said the money will be focused on three areas: adding more devices used for remote learning, closing gaps in internet connectivity and helping train teachers in remote instruction.

The program is open to any Indiana school – pre-K through 12, public and private, as well as higher education institutions. And while there’s no limit on how much a single school can receive, the administration notes schools may not get the full amount of funding they ask for.

The deadline to apply is Friday, July 17.

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Recent analysis from WFYI and SAVI, a public data program at The Polis Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, shows more than 100,000 children in Indiana don’t have a computer or a computer with internet access at home.

Schools and school districts can decide individually how much virtual and remote learning they’ll rely on when schools reopen later this year.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.