Joyce: Local schools to receive nearly $2 million to bridge digital divide


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PARK FOREST – State Senator Patrick Joyce announced Tuesday afternoon area schools in  the 40th Illinois State Senate District are on pace to receive nearly $2 million in funding to improve local students’ access to technology during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“E-learning is a new reality for many students during the pandemic,” Joyce said. “This funding will assist schools in giving students the resources they need to take an active role in their studies.”

The Digital Equity Formula Grants, funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, are intended to help schools expand connectivity and provide students with devices like computers or tablets. Funding was distributed using a need-based formula.

“We must continue to work together to ensure every child, regardless of their zip code, receives the support they need to be successful,” Joyce said.

The funds will be distributed to 14 schools in the 40th State Senate District:

Bloom Township School District 206 $195,442

Bourbonnais School District 53 $164,063

Bradley- Bourbonnais Community High School District 307­ $143,067

Bradley School District 61 $103,252

Chicago Heights School District 170 $192,866

Gardner School District 72C $38,845

Gardner-South Wilmington Township High School District 73 $40,390

Homewood-Flossmoor High School District 233 $190,530

Iroquois/Kankakee ROE School District $37,324

Kankakee School District 111 $293,195

Manhattan School District 114 $118,740

Park Forest – Chicago Heights School District 163 $123,021

Safe Schools – Iroquois/Kankakee ROE School District $30,594

St. Anne Community High School District 256 $46,676


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