CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cuyahoga County Council on Tuesday approved $1.5 million to provide internet hotspots, unlimited data and computers to students for remote-learning during the coronavirus pandemic.
The plan is in coordination with the Cleveland Foundation and nonprofits PCs for People, and is aimed at bridging the digital divide that often leaves low-income students with less access to home internet connectivity.
As proposed by the administration of County Executive Armond Budish, the county contribution will come from the county’s share of federal coronavirus aid. It will be matched by a $1.5 million contribution from the Cleveland Foundation.
The $3 million plan will provide up to 5,000 internet hotspots, two years’ worth of unlimited data and up to 10,000 laptops to school children.
All families with K-12 students enrolled in public or charter schools within Cuyahoga County are eligible for the program.
The plan is aimed at children in inner-ring suburbs, as Cleveland Metropolitan Schools is working on its own plan with The George Gund Foundation to bring 10,000 hotspots to its students.
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