Casey DeSantis announces 1,000 devices to help educate foster care students in Fl

Posted at 3:53 PM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 15:53:29-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — First Lady Casey DeSantis announced that the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) and the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) have partnered to provide nearly 1,000 devices to children in foster care. The laptops and notebooks will help address the unique challenges faced by these students.

“As parents, Governor DeSantis and I are passionate about helping Florida’s children reach their full potential. In addition to the value of in-person instruction, this initiative supports children who have already faced significant personal challenges beyond their control,” said First Lady Casey DeSantis. “I am proud of this cross-agency coordination, which will enable more students to benefit from technology in their education, have access to learn outside of the school day, and gain access to services that can bolster their long-term resiliency.”

The FDOE continuously reprioritizes state and federal funds to support Florida’s most vulnerable students. The devices will be distributed to children in Bay, Brevard, Broward, Clay, Collier, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Holmes, Lake, Lee, Marion, Miami-Dade, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Seminole counties, based on data reported by the Florida Coalition for Children.

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