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.
From the Office of Gov. Scott Walker:
MADISON – Governor Scott Walker today announced Technology for Educational Achievement (TEACH) grants are now available to eligible school districts and libraries as a way to enhance the role of information technology in student learning and achievement, and to enhance the role libraries and librarians play in support of education. Administered by the Department of Administration (DOA) in collaboration with the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), the Educational Technology Training Grants provide support for districts and libraries to attend, arrange, and administer training activities that build the information technology knowledge and capacity of teachers and librarians. Continue reading TEACH grants: $1.5 million available; apply by May 4 deadline
Governor Walker’s proposed 2017-19 state budget calls for expanding broadband funding and access for rural schools and communities, including through an expansion of the Technology for Educational Achievement (TEACH) Program. Overall, the governor’s plan would increase state funding for broadband programs by an estimated $34.5 million over the two-year budget cycle to a total estimated level of $40.5 million. Continue reading Governor’s Budget Aims to Expand Broadband Coverage for Rural Schools, Communities
Gov. Scott Walker and State Supt. Tony Evers announced a new state broadband contract on Tuesday (Sept.6) that will significantly increase the capacity of BadgerNet, the state’s high-speed internet pipeline, which serves schools in all 72 counties while substantially reducing costs, saving the state about $8 million per year. The contract will also help connect additional schools throughout the state to the network.
One of the WASB’s lobbying goals has been to provide schools with greater bandwidth at lower cost. The WASB thanks those state officials and industry leaders who worked hard to secure the new deal. Through their efforts, the lower costs at new increased levels of bandwidth will make Wisconsin a leader in the nation in providing affordable broadband to every school. Continue reading New BadgerNet Contract Makes State a Leader in Providing Affordable Broadband to Schools