Connecticut to invest $43.5M in remote learning technology: Lamont

Maya Rajamani
July 28, 2020 - 5:38 pm
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HARTFORD, CT (1010 WINS) -- Connecticut will invest $43.5 million in remote learning technology to make sure students who don’t feel comfortable returning to school in person this fall have what they need to learn from home, Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday. 

More than 75 percent of students and teachers in Connecticut expect to return to school in person this fall, but approximately 25 percent of students don’t feel comfortable doing so, a state survey found. Some of those students don’t have the resources they need to learn remotely, Lamont said in a release Tuesday. 

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To meet their needs, the state has launched an “Everybody Learns” initiative that will use $43.5 million in COVID-19-related funding to buy 50,000 laptops; pay for 12 months worth of at-home internet for 60,000 students; create 200 free public Wi-Fi hotspots; and provide students with “social emotional learning content,” he said. 

“In 2020, it is paramount that every Connecticut student has access to high-speed internet, quality digital learning content, and a reliable and effective learning device,” he said in a statement. “Too often, students of color and those in low-income communities are disproportionately disadvantaged by not having access to the learning technologies they need.”

“Today, I am taking measures to close this inequitable digital divide and ensure all of our students are set up for success with remote learning,” he added. 

Lamont on Tuesday also reported five new COVID-19 deaths and 94 new cases. Connecticut’s COVID-19 positivity rate currently stands at 1.2 percent. 

The governor previously noted that in-person learning in Connecticut will still be contingent upon maintaining a low COVID-19 infection rate.