Remote Learning Grant Program Available For Indiana Schools

Jun 23, 2020

The Holcomb administration says 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.
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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.