Connection for Classrooms Grants Awarded

October 27, 2014

The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) and the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) today released $36.7 million in Connection for Classrooms grant awards to local education authorities. Connections for Classrooms (CFC) is a grant program joining multiple state agencies around the common goal of ensuring Georgia schools and classrooms have the high-speed broadband access required for digital and blended learning. The program is part of a broader statewide response to Governor Deal’s Digital Learning Task Force recommendations as well as the GaDOE’s efforts to enable personalized learning for Georgia students. 

The CFC program combines money from the following two fund sources: $14 million in bond funds from the GaDOE and $25 million in funds from the One Georgia Authority at the Department of Community Affairs (DCA). GOSA manages the funds.

In addition to detailing their technology expansion plans, applicants had to spell out how these grant awards would enable them to implement digital and blended learning, improve student achievement, and align with the recommendations of Gov. Deal’s Digital Learning Task Force. 146 local education authorities—143 districts, 2 state charter schools, and 1 state school—applied for more than $198 million. 103 local education authorities—102 districts and 1 state charter school—received grant awards totaling just more than $36.7 million. 

Click here for more information about the application review process and the grant award winners.

Click here for more information about the Connection for Classrooms grant program.