Ellington, Lindauer: Area schools receive over $316K to boost remote learning resources

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Tuesday, September 1, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 1, 2020)  Area schools recently received more than $316,000 in grants to invest in remote learning equipment and internet connectivity, according to State Reps. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) and Shane Lindauer (R-Jasper).

Ellington 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.

"While virtual learning can't fully replace classroom and hands-on experiences, it can be a viable option to ensure the safety of our students and educators during this uncertain time," Ellington said. "These grants address some of the challenges our schools are working through as they start the new academic year."

North Daviess Community School Corp. and the Southern Indiana Education Center in Jasper received $225,000. Washington Community Schools, Washington Catholic Middle/High School and Washington Catholic Elementary School received $91,684.

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

"In order for our students to be successful, whether they are learning remotely or in-person, they need access to computers and the internet," Lindauer said. "This funding is essential for our schools to upgrade devices and help ensure our kids do not fall behind."

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. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) represents House District 62, which includes
portions of Greene, Monroe, Martin and Daviess counties.
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State Rep. Shane Lindauer (R- Jasper) represents House District 63,
which includes portions of Daviess, Dubois, Pike and Martin counties.
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