252 Wisconsin school districts will receive nearly $7.8 million in grants to improve broadband access and classroom technology under the Technology for Educational Achievement (TEACH) Information Technology Infrastructure Grant program. Governor Walker announced the grant awards Monday during a visit to the Mosinee School District.
Grants for fiscal year 2018 were made available through an application process to eligible school districts with 16 or fewer students per square mile. The amount of grant funding available to each eligible district was determined by the number of students within the district. Districts with the greatest percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch received funding priority.
According to information posted on the TEACH Program website, grant agreements and reimbursement forms will be emailed to districts by May 31, 2018.
Technology for Educational Achievement (TEACH) is a program administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration, Division of Enterprise Technology.
The WASB worked with other K-12 education groups, the DPI and DOA to develop provisions to revitalize the TEACH program that were first adopted in the 2015-17 state budget, and included language authorizing the TEACH program to provide competitive block grants for information technology infrastructure to school districts meeting certain criteria. State Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) played an instrumental role in the enactment of these provisions.