These southwest IL school districts received grants to help them close digital divide

More than $5 million went to school districts in southwestern Illinois to help close the digital divide as students continue to learn remotely in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois State Board of Education announced more than $80 million in grants to 471 local education agencies Monday. The money comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and can be used for devices, including chromebooks, and to address connectivity issues with WiFi. The funds can also be applied to purchases made since March.

Nearly 92% of Illinois students started the school year with some form of remote learning, whether through a full-time remote model or a hybrid model that includes both in-person and remote learning components.

A total of 52 local education agencies — which includes school districts, state-authorized charter schools, university lab schools and alternative and safe school

Read More | Supes Approve Funding to Address Digital Divide in County Schools

The drive to close the digital divide in a region with the nation’s largest school-age population gained momentum today when the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a proposal from LACOE to allocate $12.8 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to purchase computer devices and internet connectivity for students in need.

“With most of our students learning from home, a computer device and internet connectivity are now basic school supplies,” said LACOE Superintendent Debra Duardo. “Equity is at the heart of today’s action. Internet connectivity is no longer a luxury but a basic utility that families need to access public education and other critical online services.”

She added, “I am grateful to the Board of Supervisors for their support and for making our students’ needs a priority. Their support will have a tremendous positive impact on our children and families who have been historically underserved.”

LACOE conducted a survey

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Coronavirus Today: The other education divide

Good evening. I’m Faith E. Pinho, and it’s Tuesday, Sept. 15. Here’s what’s happening with the coronavirus in California and beyond.

Six months after the pandemic shuttered schools, tens of thousands of students in Los Angeles County still don’t have adequate access to the technology they need for distance learning. Districts are without nearly 50,000 computers and WiFi hotspots, and many districts that have fully supplied students with equipment are sometimes struggling with dropped calls, choppy audio and unstable Internet connections that interrupt students’ learning.

The need for technology that works is greater now than it was in the spring, when the pandemic forced

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MTC Education Will Join with Stargate Theatre to Present Original Virtual Play THE DIVIDE

Streaming Thursday, September 10 at 7PM EST on MTC’s Facebook and YouTube.

Each summer, MTC Education employs a group of young men whose lives have been impacted by the justice system to form Stargate Theatre.

They develop a play that reflects their lived experiences and their dreams for the future and perform it on an Off-Broadway stage. This year, amidst the COVID-19 crisis, closed theatres, and our nation’s current reckoning with racism, our ensemble came together remotely to create The Divide.

Tune in to The Divide on MTC’s Facebook or YouTube pages at 7pm on Thursday, September 10.

Stargate employs young individuals identifying as male who have been involved with the justice system to create and perform an original play. Led by artistic professionals, they explore the world in which they live and reflect it on the stage. Our theatre-making process enables company members to envision new possibilities for their

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Back to School in Humanitarian Settings Finds $135 Million Funding Gap and Increased Digital Divide

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  • New analysis from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) finds widening education and digital access gaps among children in humanitarian settings stemming from COVID-19.
  • Education remains one of the least-funded sectors in humanitarian response, with a current COVID-19 funding gap of $135 million.
  • School closures are impacting refugee girls harder than boys, with more than half not expected to return.

As children in wealthier countries begin to head back to a different model of school or continue remote learning, a new analysis from the IRC finds continued disruptions for children within humanitarian settings, leading to widening gaps in accessing quality education. Prior to COVID-19, 250 million school-aged children were out of school, with the majority of those impacted living in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. COVID-19 has further widened this divide, with 86% of children in developing countries at the primary school level no longer

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