Rep. Cleaver announces $15 million in funding for Fifth District schools and libraries to help kids get online at home and close the homework gap – Lee’s Summit Tribune

The money was made available through the Emergency Liaison Fund set up one year ago by Cleaver-backed US bailout

March 11, 2022

(Washington, D.C..) One year after the American Rescue Plan Act, Representative Emmanuel Cleaver II (D-MO) announced today that District 5 in Missouri has received $15,027,886.59 so far from its Emergency Call Fund (ECF) program. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Created as part of the US bailout, the ECF program helps schools and libraries ensure students can go online at home, allowing them to benefit from online learning and homework. Students who lack access to the Internet at home, known as the “homework gap,” often lag behind their peers as curriculum and educational opportunities rely more and more on the ability to do online research and connect to the web.

According to the Federal Communications Commission, the $7.17 billion program for Missouri has provided $75,895,062.88 in total funding so far.

Make no mistake, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed what has already been true – that with educational tools, homework, and increased online opportunities, children without an internet connection are often left at home without the basics needed to succeed. Congressman Cleaver said. “This important funding, made available by President Biden’s US bailout, will help children across Missouri and throughout District 5 who do not have the necessary equipment or Internet access to stay connected and get their work done in this ever-growing digital world. I am proud to support this The program is in Congress and I will continue to fight to close the homework gap because students from Saline to Jackson County, no matter the circumstances, deserve the tools they need to succeed in school and beyond.”

The ECF will help cover laptop and tablet computer costs, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and broadband connection purchases for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library goers.

Schools and libraries in the Fifth District of Missouri that have received FCC funding include:

  • Integrated Arts Academy: $9855.00
  • Brookside Charter School: $90,000.00
  • Center School District: 189.535.00 dollars
  • Concordia School District: $68,770.40
  • The cornerstone of care: $60,600.00
  • Frontier Schools: $576108.60
  • Grandview School District: $582,120.00
  • Guadalupe Education Systems: $277,593.00
  • Hickman Mills School District: $76000.00
  • Hogan Prep Academy: $50848.00
  • Independence Missouri Public Schools: $126,048.00
  • Kansas City Prep Academy for Girls: USD 41,061.40
  • Kansas City Public Library: $874,780.12
  • Lawson County School: 2060000.00 dollars
  • Lee’s Summit School District: $475,162.50
  • Lone Jack Educational School District: $53807.00
  • Marshall School District: $384,780.00
  • North Kansas City School District: $9,380,000.00
  • Oak Grove School District: $115,0000.00
  • Odessa school district: $169.575.00
  • Ray County Library: USD 2551.70
  • Raytown School District: $716181.92
  • Richmond School District: $165,097.00
  • Santa Fe School District: $16000.00
  • Slater School District: $111,959.15
  • St. Peter’s Primary School: $13,375.00
  • Saint Teresa Academy: $12144.00
  • St. Thomas More School: $105593.80
  • University Academy: $24,529.50
  • Wellington-Napoleon School District: 52810.00 dollars

Eligible schools and libraries may request and receive support through the Emergency Liaison Fund. Details on how to apply can be found here (Spanish).