The technology and supplies needed were ordered under the state’s “Operation Connectivity” program which is funded from the CARES Act.
HOUSTON — Houston-area school districts have placed orders for more than a quarter-million computer devices and Wi-Fi hotspots under the state’s “Operation Connectivity,” a KHOU 11 analysis of Texas Education Agency records has found.
The program is funded with $200 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and generally provides dollar-for-dollar matching funds to schools. Fifty Houston-area districts and charter schools requested 204,752 computer devices such as laptops and IPads, along with 70,765 hotspots. The bulk-order represents more than a quarter of all devices requested statewide.
Most will go to low-income students.
“Specifically the ones that are the most economically disadvantaged and are really having trouble and really need to connect to their teachers on a daily basis for virtual learning,” said Melody Parrish, the TEA’s