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$15M grant to help address educational gaps in S.C.

Staff Report //July 29, 2020//

$15M grant to help address educational gaps in S.C.

Staff Report //July 29, 2020//

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South Carolina has received a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education as part of pandemic relief.

Congress set aside 1% of the $30.75 billion allotted to the Education Stabilization Fund through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act for grants to states with the highest coronavirus burden, according to a news release from the S.C. Department of Education. In April, the federal education department announced a Rethink K-12 Education Models grant competition supporting innovative educational access with an emphasis on meeting students’ needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A focus of South Carolina’s program will be increasing the availability of remote learning resources for students and teachers in areas of the state lacking broadband access. Identified educational gaps will be addressed with curated content.

The state education department is partnering with South Carolina Educational Television, private industry and the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee to implement the program goals.

“The emergency remote learning that took place as a result of COVID-19 school closures brought to light disparities in our school communities that made student learning difficult in the pandemic environment,” S.C. Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman said in the release.  “The Rethink K12 grant will allow our state to address and overcome these challenges not only in the upcoming school year but also in the long term. I am excited about the new doors that will be opened for our students, parents, and educators as a result of this grant.”