Remote learning predicted for half of Alabama’s students this fallMatt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Jul 25 2020 1:41 PM
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The Alabama State Department of Education estimates around half of the state’s public school students will begin the school year with remote learning. Around a quarter of those students are in districts that are only offering virtual classes at the beginning of the school year.
Between 15 and 30 percent of those students had the choice to return to the classroom but elected to participate in virtual learning instead.
“People are worried sick about this right now,” Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., said during a news conference Friday. “I am hearing from folks all over the state: grandparents, parents, and especially teachers.”
Jones announced ongoing efforts to send more resources to Alabama’s schools by way of new legislation that will likely be taken up in the coming weeks, highlighting that schools need resources to make this school year as safe as possible.
Gov. Kay Ivey dedicated her GEER allocation, which was $48 million, to the education department to prepare for this unprecedented start to the school year. A large sum of funds from the CARES Act is being dedicated to strengthen access to broadband internet for students, electronic devices for remote learning, and funds to hire additional school nurses and substitute teachers.