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.