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Marion County schools receive $11.5M in e-Learning funds

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Posted at 11:11 AM, Oct 21, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS — Marion County schools will receive $11.5 million to help ensure students and teachers have devices and internet connectivity needed for e-Learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Monday, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced the final budget amounts awarded by the U.S. Department of Education under the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Grant (GEER).

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said in September the money would be allocated from the GEER grant for public charter, traditional public and nonpublic schools across the county.

The grants were requested by Perry Township Schools and the Indianapolis eLearning Fund on behalf of Marion County schools, according to a news release.

School districts that will receive the most funding include Indianapolis Public Schools, $1,999,376; MSD Wayne Township, $1,832,327; and Perry Township Schools, $1,189,675.

Allocations were determined based on budget requests from schools and districts, according to a news release. Perry Township Schools and the Indiana Department of Education reviewed the requests to ensure they complied with the grant criteria.