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Release: #15-67
August 24, 2015
Contact: Communications
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Provides $50 Million to Connect Schools to the Internet

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced a second round of Broadband Infrastructure and Improvement Grants (BIIG 2.0) is available for California schools and districts to enhance their network connectivity.

"Because of a wise investment approved by the Legislature and Governor Jerry Brown, an additional $50 million is available to help schools connect to the state's education network," said Torlakson. "This will give students access to technology that will prepare them for college and careers, and give teachers more resources to improve instruction."

BIIG 2.0 builds on the first round of funding earlier this year that provided nearly $27 million to 227 school sites. Schools and districts can start applying today for the BIIG 2.0 grants through the K-12 High Speed Network (K12HSN). Eligible applicants will be prioritized based on their external connectivity. For example, first priority will be given to school sites that would be unable to administer the state's 2016 computer-based California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) assessment. Second, will be school sites with limited options to administer the CAASPP.

For application details, visit the K12HSN's Broadband Grants BIIG 2.0 Web page [Note: the link to the K12HSN's Broadband Grants BIIG 2.0 Web page is no longer valid]. For questions, contact the K12HSN at 760-312-6227 or biig@lists.k12hsn.org.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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