Solano reps in Congress secure $4M for access to internet for students

FAIRFIELD — Reps. John Garamendi and Mike Thompson announced this week Solano County universities will acquire a lot more than $3.94 million from the Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Connectivity Fund Application.

The software, which was designed as component of the American Rescue Strategy, aids educational institutions and libraries be certain learners can join to the world wide web at home, allowing them to take benefit of on the web learning and do their homework.

Recognized as the “homework hole,” pupils who absence obtain to the online at home can usually fall guiding their peers as curriculums and educational possibilities depend much more and extra on the means to carry out online exploration and link to the internet, according to a push release.

Rep. John Garamendi

Rep. Mike Thompson

“Ensuring lower-income students are ready to accessibility the classroom, their lecturers and educational resources is a crucial component of making certain their academic results,” Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, mentioned in the release. “By offering Solano County faculty districts with the resources they demand to near the homework hole, we will reduce financial and racial disparities in educational outcomes, guaranteeing that each and every youngster has the chance to learn and excel. The Covid-19 pandemic did not produce the disparities in instructional results – but it did exacerbate them. The American Rescue Program is operating to reduce these inequalities across the board and supporting make a far more equitable and productive tomorrow.”

The system will assistance include expenses of laptop and pill desktops, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers and broadband connectivity buys for off-campus use by college students, college employees and library patrons.

“Closing the homework gap and making certain that all small children have obtain to the internet is very important to our students’ potential to obtain the methods they want to be effective in the classroom,” Thompson, D-St. Helena, claimed in the launch. “Covid-19 only created this gap worse, but this funding will assistance pupils continue to be related and get their operate performed. Investing in our students’ training signifies investing in our upcoming . . . .”

The faculties in Solano County that will acquire funding include:

• Vallejo City University District: $2,013,524
• Benicia College District: $657,375
• River Delta University District: $353,848
• Griffin Technologies Academies in Vallejo: $317,825
• Elite Community Universities in Vallejo: $201,000
• Kairos General public Educational institutions in Vacaville: $189,396
• Fairfield-Suisun College District: $171,600
• St. Catherine of Siena School in Vallejo: $30,740
• Travis Faculty District: $9,122

Garamendi and Thompson are Solano County’s reps in Congress. Garamendi signifies the state’s 3rd Congressional District Thompson the 5th Congressional District.

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