Connecting disadvantaged students has never been more important. As it relates to education, the CARES Act provides school districts in each state with funding essential to providing high-speed internet access to underconnected students.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress with overwhelming support and signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020. This $2+ trillion economic relief package delivers on the government’s commitment to protect American people from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act is meant to provide fast and direct economic assistance, providing approximately $14 billion to the Department of Education (K-12) to respond to COVID-19 during long-term closures, and provide technology for online learning to all students. The bill states that funds can be used for “purchasing educational technology (including hardware, software and connectivity) … that aids in regular and substantive educational interaction.” The funds will be available for purchases that support online learning, even if students are not required to stay at home throughout the year.