About $3 million is being given to Congressional District 5 to help college students access the internet at home

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Representative Al Lawson announced that schools and libraries in Congressional District 5 are receiving approximately $2,805,202.88 to help children access the internet at home and bridge the data gap. homework.

According to the press release, the funding was funded by the Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Connectivity Fund program.

The ECF program, created as part of the US bailout, helps schools and libraries ensure students can access the internet at home and enjoy online learning.

Students without internet access at home, known as the “homework gap”, are falling behind their peers as curricula and educational opportunities increasingly depend on the ability of to search online and connect to the Internet.

According to the FCC, the $7.17 billion program has provided Florida with total funding of $224,950,008.92 to date.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare what was already true – that with educational tools, homework and opportunities increasingly online, children without home internet access often find themselves without the basics. needed to be successful,” Rep. Lawson said. “This essential funding, made possible by the US bailout, will help children in District 5 and Florida who don’t have the equipment or internet access they need to stay connected and do their jobs. I am proud to have supported this program in Congress and will continue to fight to close the homework gap because students, regardless of zip code or location, deserve the tools they need to succeed in school.

The ECF program will help students, school staff and library users by covering the following costs:

  • Laptop
  • Tablet computers
  • Wi-Fi hotspots
  • Modems
  • Routers
  • Broadband connectivity purchases

The District 5 school and libraries that received funds from the FCC program included:

  • Little Leaders of the Americas: $12,000
  • Cornerstone Christian School: $31,747
  • Crossroad Academy: $152,176
  • Gadsden County School District: $1,762,683.06
  • Jefferson County Public Library: $18,000
  • Jefferson County School District: $62,420
  • Joshua Christian Academy: $125,160
  • Kipp Jacksonville District Office: $158,910
  • Leon County School District: $29,850
  • New Beginnings Christian Academy: $66,990
  • North Florida Educational Institute: $185,600
  • Potter’s House Christian Academy: $103,697.70
  • Robert F. Munroe Day School: $23,200
  • Seacoast Charter Academy, Inc.: $51,068.80
  • Waverly Academy: $21,700.32

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