State Aid Paying For Student Computer, Internet Access

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Gov. John Bel Edwards is using much of the $50 million in discretionary education aid to help with the coronavirus response to buy computers and expand internet access for public school students.

Gov. Edwards has agreed to spend $32 million for the effort to bridge the digital divide at K-12 schools, with another $15 million going to higher education.

Edwards received the aid from the federal CARES Act to divvy up among K-12 schools, colleges and universities.

State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley said the governor's injection of dollars for computers means about two-thirds of the state's public school students will have their own devices.

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