South Carolina Department of Education takes over online learning initiative

South Carolina Department of Education takes over online learning initiative
Office of Regulatory Staff Media Relations Manager Ron Aiken says of that $50 million, $20 million was allocated to create an Online Learning Initiative. (Source: AP)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff released a statement breaking down the state’s spending on broadband initiatives.

Last summer, the South Carolina General Assembly allocated $50 million of the Coronavirus Relief Fund for South Carolina included in the CARES Act to the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff for broadband initiatives related to COVID-19.

Office of Regulatory Staff Media Relations Manager Ron Aiken says of that $50 million, $20 million was allocated to create an Online Learning Initiative.

Aiken says an initial $12 million was spent securing mobile hotspots and wired internet service for qualifying student households in school districts and institutions of higher learning statewide.

On Jan. 1, the remaining $8 million was transferred to the South Carolina Department of Education and Aiken says the SCDOE will manage the program’s service through June 2021.

For any questions or concerns about the project’s transition or individual household plans, please call Jeff Henry at the SCDE at 803-734-4044 or email at rhenry@ed.sc.gov.

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