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Gov. Wolf Dedicates $15 Million to Connect Students to High-Speed Internet, Remote-Learning

Harrisburg, Pa. – Continuing to help students learn during the pandemic, Governor Tom Wolf is dedicating $15 million for schools to secure broadband, mobile hot spots, and other platforms that increase equitable access to remote learning.

Gov. Wolf said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has forced our schools to rethink and rework how to provide instruction to students who are learning completely at home or in a hybrid model. As schools reopen this fall, students need Internet connectivity, computers and other technology, and access to remote-learning platforms. This funding will help our students as we enter the new school year.”

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorizes governors to determine the educational use of the Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Funds.

The initiative will employ a multi-pronged approach that includes the use of state library networks and other partnerships, including the Pennsylvania Technical Training and Assistance Network (PaTTAN).

Specifically, the funding will be used to:

Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera said: “In response to the pandemic, PDE and others have created new partnerships and strengthened existing ones to ensure Pennsylvania's students continue to be served, whether that is academically, nutritionally, or socially and emotionally. This new initiative is another way in which communities are working together to benefit our students.”

This initiative builds on the Department of Education's efforts to support schools' efforts to implement continuity of education plans during the 2019-20 academic year when schools closed unexpectantly as a result of COVID-19, which included Equity Grants and a partnership with Pennsylvania's PBS stations to air standards-aligned programming across the state.

To date, the Wolf Administration has awarded $102.5 million in GEER funding to help keep students and educators safe and meet the unique challenges of COVID-19.

Source: Press Release
September 10, 2020
Lyndsay Kensinger, 
Governor's Office, 
Eric Levis, PDE, 717-783-9802, or

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