March 14, 2022

Rep. Lawson Announces $ 2,805,202 Million in Funding for Congressional District 5 Schools and Libraries to Help Kids Access the Internet at Home and Close the Homework Gap

Funds Made Available Through Program Established One Year Ago by the American Rescue Plan

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – One year after the American Rescue Plan became law, Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced that Congressional District 5 has received $2,805,202.88 to date from the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Connectivity Fund Program (ECF). The ECF program, which was created as part of the American Rescue Plan, helps schools and libraries ensure that students can connect to the internet at home, allowing them to take advantage of online learning and do their homework. Known as the “homework gap,” students who lack access to the internet at home often fall behind their peers as curriculums and educational opportunities rely more and more on the ability to conduct online research and connect to the web.

According to the FCC, the $7.17 billion program has provided Florida with $224,950,008.92 in total funding to date.

“The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare what was already true — that with educational tools, homework, and opportunities increasingly online, kids without home internet access are often left without the basics needed to succeed,” said Rep. Lawson. “This critical funding, made possible by the American Rescue Plan, will help children across District 5 and Florida who don’t have the equipment or internet access necessary to stay connected and get their work done.  I’m proud to have supported this program in Congress and will keep fighting to close the homework gap because students – regardless of zip code or circumstance – deserve the tools they need to succeed in school.”

The ECF Program will help cover costs of laptop and tablet computers, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and broadband connectivity purchases for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons.

The schools and libraries in Rep. Lawson’s District 5 that have received funding from the FCC program include: 

  • Americas Little Leaders: $12,000
  • Cornerstone Christian School: $31,747
  • Crossroad Academy: $152,176
  • Gadsden County School District: $1,762,683.06
  • Jefferson County Public Library: $18,000
  • Jefferson County School District: $62,420
  • Joshua Christian Academy: $125,160
  • Kipp Jacksonville District Office: $158,910
  • Leon County School District: $29,850
  • New Beginnings Christian Academy: $66,990
  • North Florida Educational Institute: $185,600
  • Potter’s House Christian Academy: $103,697.70
  • Robert F. Munroe Day School: $23,200
  • Seacoast Charter Academy, Inc.: $51,068.80
  • Waverly Academy: $21,700.32

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