Ho­gan, Salmon an­nounce new fund­ing for re­mote learn­ing

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Gov­er­nor Ho­gan and Su­per­in­ten­dent Salmon An­nounce $210 Mil­lion in COVID-19 Re­lief For Re­mote Learn­ing and Tar­geted Tu­tor­ing

Re­sources Will Help Lo­cal School Sys­tems Ad­dress Learn­ing Gap and Dig­i­tal Di­vide, Ex­pand Ru­ral Broad­band

In To­tal, Gov­er­nor Has Com­mit­ted More Than $255 Mil­lion in Fed­eral Re­sources to Help Stu­dents Af­fected By COVID-19

— Gov­er­nor Larry Ho­gan and State Su­per­in­ten­dent Karen Salmon to­day an­nounced $210 mil­lion in ad­di­tional fund­ing to help Mary­land schools and stu­dents most af­fected by the COVID-19 pan­demic. This fund­ing, al­lo­cated through the fed­eral CARES Act, will be used to en­sure that more stu­dents have ac­cess to re­mote learn­ing, and ex­pand tar­geted tu­tor­ing ini­tia­tives for at-risk stu­dents.

“For six straight years, we have pro­vided his­tor­i­cally high state fund­ing for our schools, while fight­ing for more ac­count­abil­ity for Mar yland par­ents, teach­ers, and tax­pay­ers, and work­ing to achieve bet­ter re­sults for our chil­dren,” said Gov­er­nor Ho­gan. “Ed­u­ca­tion has been, and will con­tinue to be, our administra­tion’s high­est pri­or­ity. While many states have al­ready seen sig­nif­i­cant cuts and lay­offs, in Mary­land, we are go­ing to do ev­ery­thing we pos­si­bly can to level-fund K-12 ed­u­ca­tion.” im­age

“Long-stand­ing gaps in ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­nity and ac­cess have been fur­ther ex­posed and widened by the COVID-19 pan­demic,” said Su­per­in­ten­dent Salmon. “Our goal with th­ese re­sources is to give lo­cal school sys­tems the sup­port and flex­i­bil­ity to help en­sure that stu­dents most im­pacted dur­ing the cri­sis re­ceive in­tense fo­cus and pri­or­ity in our re­cov­ery ef­forts. I want to thank the gov­er­nor for rec­og­niz­ing the im­por­tance of th­ese ini­tia­tives as we work to sup­port our stu­dents, ed­u­ca­tors, par­ents, and com­mu­nity part­ners.”

In to­tal, the gov­er­nor has now com­mit­ted more than $255 mil­lion in CARES Act fund­ing for ed­u­ca­tion pri­or­i­ties.

Re­mote Learn­ing En­hance­ments: $100 Mil­lion

To ad­dress the dig­i­tal di­vide, Gov­er­nor Ho­gan and Su­per­in­ten­dent Salmon have al­lo­cated $100 mil­lion to be made avail­able to lo­cal school sys­tems to en­sure that stu­dents have ac­cess to the most up-to-date de­vices and con­nec­tiv­ity. It is es­ti­mated that stu­dent de­vices need to be re­placed when they are over four years old. Lo­cal school sys­tems must also take into ac­count hav­ing the staff nec­es­sary to de­ploy and main­tain de­vices. Hav­ing this in­fra­struc­ture in place is crit­i­cal to the state’s long-term re­cov­ery from COVID-19.

Tar­geted Tu­tor­ing Ini­tia­tives: $100 Mil­lion

In or­der to deal with learn­ing loss due to time away from di­rect in­struc­tion and teacher in­ter­ven­tion, Gov­er­nor Ho­gan and Su­per­in­ten­dent Salmon have al­lo­cated $100 mil­lion for lo­cal school sys­tems that im­ple­ment tu­tor­ing and learn­ing pro­grams de­signed to help stu­dents in need. Re­search has shown that the rate of learn­ing gain can be im­proved with in­ten­sive tu­tor­ing. At-risk stu­dents are most of­ten iden­ti­fied based on math and read­ing scores that are sig­nif­i­cantly be­low their grade level.

Ru­ral Broad­band: $10 Mil­lion

The Gov­er­nor’s Of­fice of Ru­ral Broad­band will con­struct a wire­less ed­u­ca­tion net­work for stu­dents’ use in Western Mary­land, South­ern Mary­land, and on the East­ern Shore. This net­work will ini­tially be con­structed in the ar­eas that cur­rently lack broad­band ser­vice, but could be ex­panded to cover other ar­eas of the state where ac­cess may be lim­ited for other rea­sons. The state is propos­ing a wire­less, Long-Term Evolution (LTE) net­work us­ing fre­quency pro­vided by the Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (FCC) for ed­u­ca­tional pur­poses, or avail­able un­li­censed fre­quen­cies. In to­tal, the gov­er­nor has now com­mit­ted $20 mil­lion in CARES Act fund­ing to ex­pand ru­ral broad­band and an ad­di­tional $5 mil­lion for ur­ban broad­band.

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