Wisconsin unveils $35 million in IT grants for schools

Wisconsin unveils $35 million in IT grants for schools

Wisconsin's Technology for Educational Achievement program plans to distribute $35 million in block grants to 426 public school districts, seven charter schools and four juvenile correctional facilities next February, officials said.

The grants, announced last week, can be used for computer hardware and software and to pay for staff training. 'In addition, they can purchase distance-education classroom equipment and pay for Internet access costs,' according to a statement by Gov. Scott McCallum.

The block grants can be used for any educational purpose except paying the salaries and benefits of school district employees.

The TEACH program will begin to issue checks to school agencies on Feb. 4. Web users can check the amounts of specific grants at www.teachwi.state.wi.us/scdist.asp.

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