Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Commissioner of Education Penny Schwinn announced last week the State of Tennessee’s continued efforts to assist families, teachers and districts as the 2020-2021 school year begin.
TDOE is providing $15 million in grant funding to districts to purchase wifi or MiFi devices for their students. The grant application will request districts to identify:
The number of households without internet access and the method of determining that information (e.g. family surveys, etc.); A viable, local solution to meet connectivity needs, such as MiFi devices, and expected cost for devices and services; The grant will fund districts at $150 per identified household need, up to $15 million statewide, meaning 100,000 households can benefit from this support; The amount is based on state contracted rates for MiFi devices and data coverage for the first semester, after which the funds expire.
Districts will plan to pick up data charges for second semester or develop a plan to address them for sustainability.
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