More federal CARES Act money is flowing to Texas schools through a $420 million reimbursement program to help them purchase Wi-Fi hotspots and/or eLearning devices to enable students to continue learning remotely. The funding comes from the federal CARES Act signed in March.
It is in addition to the $362 million in federal CARES Act funding the state already allocated to public school systems and local education agencies for its Operation Connectivity program introduced in May to close the digital divide. Since May, school districts were able to purchase or be reimbursed for purchasing COVID-19-related technology needed for remote learning.
School systems statewide can begin