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Westport Gets $126,290 School Technology Grant

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Commissioner Dianna R. Wentzell (at Westport forum Nov. 15, 2015): “will empower more students.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Westport will receive a $126,390 technology grant as part of a state effort to help Connecticut school districts put more computers in classrooms and increase Internet bandwidth in schools across Connecticut.

State Department of Education Commissioner Dianna R. Wentzell announced the grant following State Bond Commission approval of $10.9 million to be distributed to 171 school districts across the state.

The investment is part of the state’s broad efforts to strengthen computer and technology resources as schools continue to implement Connecticut Core Standards and administer computer-adaptive tests aligned to these standards, an announcement said.

“If we want our students to thrive in school and have the skills and knowledge to succeed in the hightech world they will enter after high school and college, we have to teach them technology skills,”  Wentzell said.

“This investment will put more computers in the classroom and empower more students to have the skills they need to be successful global citizens.”

This round follows $24 million in technology grants distributed in July 2013 to 128 applicants from 126 cities and towns across Connecticut.

The technology grants have helped hundreds of schools across Connecticut boost their technology resources and helped facilitate the transition to new college and career readiness standards of Connecticut Core, the announcement said.

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