Governor Ron DeSantis: More than 32,000 laptops going to small and rural school districts

Posted at 2:32 PM, Apr 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-11 14:33:36-04

Governor Ron Desantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran announced that 32,614 laptops are being distributed to 34 rural districts throughout Florida and Florida A&M University Developmental Research School. The announcement was made during a press conference Saturday.

The laptops are being distributed through a partnership with the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC), Northeast Florida Educational Consortium (NEFEC) and Heartland Educational Consortium (HEC), and three additional school districts that are not members of a consortium.

“Today’s announcement speaks volumes about how the Department of Education, our school districts and our teachers are coming together to ensure Florida students have the resources they need to continue their education through the COVID-19 crisis,” said Governor DeSantis. “Florida is truly raising the bar for distance learning.”

Commissioner Corcoran says nearly all the students receiving laptops are low-income students, and he is grateful to support students in districts that lacked the resources.