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MD Superintendent Praises Local Efforts to Address COVID Challenges

July 1st, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Allegany County students are expected to benefit greatly from an additional $210 million in federal CARES Act funding which is being allocated to help Maryland schools and students most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor and state school superintendent announced the additional funding this week saying the resources will help local school systems address the learning gap and digital divide and expand rural broadband. $100 million will be made available to local school systems to ensure that students have access to the most up-to-date devices and connectivity. Another $100 million will be used for targeted tutoring initiatives. And $10 million will be used to construct a wireless education network for students' use in Western Maryland, Southern Maryland and on the Eastern Shore. This network will initially be constructed in the areas that currently lack broadband service, but could be expanded to cover other areas of the state where access may be limited for other reasons. State Superintendent Dr Karen Salmon praised local education officials for their part in addressing the unique and challenging circumstances created by COVID-19 in the past few months- and says her office will continue that collaborative effort in bringing these new plans to fruition…


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