Pressel: LaPorte community schools receive funds to boost remote learning resources

Posted by: Josh DeFonce  | Monday, September 14, 2020 9:50 am

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 14, 2020) – LaPorte Community School Corp. recently received more than $362,500 to invest in remote learning equipment and internet connectivity, according to State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie).

Pressel 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.

"With many schools shifting at least part of their curriculum to online learning this year, students’ access to computers and internet service is more important than ever," Pressel said. "This funding is great news for our local schools and will help them get the resources needed to continue educating students effectively."

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.

Pressel said 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.


State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) represents House District 20,
which includes portions of LaPorte and Starke counties.
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