For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Gov. Holcomb Announces $61M for Education Connectivity, Devices and Resources
INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced the recipients
of $61 million in grants designed to improve connectivity and increase
devices available to students and teachers through the Governor’s
Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund.
“Indiana’s students, parents and teachers have worked hard
to adapt to the challenges COVID-19 has brought to education,” said
Gov. Holcomb. “These emergency funds will enable Hoosier students
to be more successful with remote learning. Some families will now worry
less about internet connectivity, more students will have access to the
technology needed at home, and more educators will have the necessary
devices to teach remotely.”
Applicants submitted plans that included:
- the purchase of student devices including Chromebooks and iPads
- new or upgraded laptops, MacBooks, Chromebooks, and iPads for teachers
- and mi-fi devices with corresponding subscription plans for families who
lack reliable internet connectivity.
These grants will fund a minimum of 68,689 student devices, nearly 2,900
teacher devices, and more than 85,800 connectivity solutions, according
to the information provided by applicants.
Grant awardees include 184 traditional school corporations representing
1,366 schools, 64 public charter schools, and 124 non-public schools.
There are almost 674,500 students enrolled in schools receiving these grants.
Twelve institutions of higher education will receive more than $11 million.
This money will fund specialized training to better support parents and
families, students with special needs, English learners, and provide social-emotional
learning resources during virtual/remote learning. The initiatives are
designed to directly assist K-12 teachers, including targeted professional
development opportunities for eLearning, curated curriculum content, and
technical assistance in implementing online curriculum. These resources
will be made available at no cost to Indiana K-12 teachers.
GEER was established by the federal CARES Act. Traditional public school
corporations, public charter schools, accredited non-public schools, higher
education institutions, and other education-related entities were eligible
to apply. An 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 detailed breakdown of grant recipients is available