Bertino-Tarrant praises additional COVID-19 funding for education

State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant praised the more than $100 million going to public education to meet challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. JB Pritzker announced he will dedicate the money through the federal Governors’ Emergency Education Relief Funds, according to a news release. State officials said the money will go toward "bridging the digital divide" in schools across the state and to ensure the health and safety of students and teachers.

“Every student in the state deserves a quality education and should not be hindered by access to technology,”�Bertino-Tarrant said in a news release.�“Technology is a critical tool in learning,�and we must invest in it to give students the resources they need to succeed.”

About $10 million will support early childhood education programs. Another $50 million will go to K-12 schools to train educators and parents and supply social-emotional supports for students.

About $32.5 million will help schools across the state purchase laptops and tablets and $7.5 million will be used to purchase WiFi hotspots to increase internet connectivity for students and their families.

Colleges and universities will receive about $49 million, most of which will be used to help students overcome barriers caused by the pandemic.

“The funds will allow students across the state to have access to essential tools they need to be successful in school,”�Bertino-Tarrant said in the news release.

Bertino-Tarrant chairs the Senate Education Committee.


via | The Herald-News

July 17, 2020 at 09:31PM

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