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mde helps equip school districts with technology for distance learning

Legislative acts make millions available to districts for computer devices

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is working with school districts statewide to implement two new laws designed to equip students with the technology to learn at school or at home.

The Equity in Distance Learning Act (SB 3044) provides $150 million to school districts to pay for computer devices for students and teachers, software to deliver instruction, enhanced internet connectivity and professional development for digital teaching and learning.

The Mississippi Pandemic Response Broadband Availability Act (HB 1788) provides $50 million to districts to help expand internet access to students living in underserved areas.

The Legislature allocated $130 million from the Equity in Distance Learning Act to school districts based on student enrollment. To help cover funding gaps, the Legislature set aside $20 million for the MDE to distribute to districts based on need. Districts must match 20% of funds received.

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