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Pennsylvania awards $20 million to schools, libraries for digital resources for students

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Children are led away from a school bus after the bus they were riding in was involved in a crash on Friday, March 14, 2014 in Walkersville, Md. Capt. Tim Clarke says the children and all three drivers were taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital after the crash just before 8:30 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Route 194 and Stauffer Road. He says all injuries are minor. Clarke says the bus carrying 27 students was traveling north on the state highway when it was struck in the side by a vehicle traveling east on Stauffer Road. He says the back end of the bus swerved across the center line and hit a vehicle traveling south on Route 194. (AP Photo/The Frederick News-Post, Graham Cullen) Graham Cullen

Pennsylvania awards $20 million to schools, libraries for digital resources for students

October 08, 02:00 PM October 08, 02:00 PM

Pennsylvania officials recently announced that the first wave of funding from the Emergency Connectivity Fund has distributed $20.57 million to 126 school entities and libraries in the state – and now the second wave is open for applications.

The 126 applicants, including 86 school districts, 29 schools, and 11 libraries, will use $15.7 million for equipment and $4.9 million for securing internet service.

The Emergency Connectivity Fund was created to help schools and libraries close the digital divide. According to the Wolf administration, it’s the nation’s largest single effort to ensure students have digital devices and resources required for the school year.

“We know that access to technology and reliable internet help support our students’ learning when they’re not on campus, however, the pandemic has only increased and exacerbated inequities in access,” Gov. Tom Wolf said in a news release. “The ECF program is providing a valuable resource to help school entities and libraries across the commonwealth create digital equity for all of Pennsylvania’s students, no matter what city or town they call home.”

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