Davisson, Lucas: Area schools receive $1.7M to boost remote learning resources

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Tuesday, September 1, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 1, 2020) – Area schools recently received more than $1.7 million in grants to invest in remote learning equipment and internet connectivity, according to State Reps. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) and Jim Lucas (R-Seymour).

Davisson said schools statewide received a total of $61 million through the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund, which was created by the federal CARES Act. Funding will help increase device access, internet connectivity, and educator training and development.

"All students need the internet to properly learn remotely, and our rural communities often have limited access," Davisson said. "This funding will not only help students and teachers during the pandemic, but it will also benefit our schools when bad weather keeps children home and they need school to take place virtually."

Area grant recipients and totals include Brownstown Central Community School Corp., Medora Community School Corp. and Lutheran Central School, which collectively received $110,742. Additionally, Jennings County School Corp., partnered with Indiana Public Broadcasting and St. Mary's School to receive $1,622,400 from two combined applications. Crothersville Community Schools will benefit from a $3,375,000 grant awarded to the University of Indianapolis and regional education centers, which partnered with 24 traditional public school corporations and eight non-public schools.

Lucas said GEER funding supports traditional public schools, public charter schools, accredited non-public schools, higher education institutions and other education-related entities throughout the state.

"Students, parents and teachers want the education process to go uninterrupted, whether children are learning in the classroom or in their homes," Lucas said. "Schools can use GEER funding to improve or update their technology resources, which could help teachers connect more easily with students."

The funding goes toward purchasing devices like Chromebooks and iPads for students, new or upgraded laptops and tablets for teachers, and mobile WiFi devices with subscription plans for households needing internet service.

A grant application could be completed by a single school corporation or a combination of eligible education entities. The 257 applications received were evaluated by a team from the Indiana Department of Education, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the Indiana State Board of Education.

A full list of grant recipients is available here, and the governor's official announcement is here.

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State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) represents House District 73, which includes
Washington County, and portions of Jackson, Lawrence, Orange, Clark and Harrison counties.
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State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) represents House District 69, which includes
portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties.
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