Gov. Holcomb announces $61 million education relief fund for remote learning

4 local IN counties have new COVID-19 cases

Gov. Holcomb announces $61 million education relief fund for remote learning
Indiana COVID-19 (Source: WFIE)

INDIANA (WFIE) - The Indiana Department of Health have updated their coronavirus map.

It now shows 42,633 total confirmed positive cases and 2,363 deaths.

That’s up from Sunday’s 42,423 total confirmed positive cases and 2,350 deaths.

[Indiana Coronavirus Website]

Locally, the map shows one new case in Vanderburgh County, one new case in Dubois County, two new cases in Posey County, and one new case in Spencer County.

Here are the coronavirus cases in our part of Indiana.

  • Vanderburgh Co. - 343 cases, 6 deaths
  • Dubois Co. - 252 cases, 6 deaths
  • Warrick Co. - 181 cases, 29 deaths
  • Perry Co. - 109 cases, 3 deaths
  • Posey Co. - 26 cases
  • Gibson Co. - 27 cases, 2 deaths
  • Spencer Co. - 25 cases, 1 death
  • Pike Co. - 6 cases

Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced Monday Indiana PK-12 schools and higher education institutions can now apply for a needs-based, competitive $61.6 million grant program providing funding to improve remote learning.

“Teachers, administrators and superintendents have faced this pandemic with innovative solutions to ensure our students continue to receive the best education possible,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Our Governor’s Emergency Education Relief funds will help meet technology needs and grow educator development while working to reduce the disparities between districts.”

The $61.6 million Indiana received in Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funding, provided though the federal CARES Act, will be focused on three areas:

  • Device Availability – Address the need for access to digital learning devices to support remote learning for students in PK-12.
  • Connectivity – Develop comprehensive community-level and regional-level solutions to address gaps in internet connectivity for remote learning.
  • Educator Capacity – Support partnerships between higher education and PK-12 to develop professional development and curriculum opportunities as educators throughout Indiana continue to build expertise in remote learning.

In a collaboration among the Governor’s Office, the Indiana Department of Education, the Commission for Higher Education and the Indiana State Board of Education, the state expects to award dozens of grants.

There is no minimum or maximum threshold, however grants may not be funded at the full amount requested.

Traditional public school corporations, public charter schools, accredited non-public schools, higher education institutions, and other education-related entities are eligible to apply.

The deadline is Friday, July 17. To apply, click here.

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