The Indiana Department of Education has awarded $6.7 million in grants to Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations, Inc. (IPBS) to expand educational datacasting services for students who lack broadband connections for at-home learning. In late August, IPBS announced a partnership with Jennings County School Corporation (JCSC) to pilot datacasting to roughly 1,200 students who have little or no access to reliable internet access. Funding for the project was made possible by an initial $1.38 million grant awarded through Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s emergency education relief program (GEER Fund) to JCSC and IPBS. For the second rollout, seven additional IPBS stations will install equipment to support datacasting services that could reach an additional 7,000 students by the end of January. Read more about this initiative in the recent Current article: https://current.org/2020/12/indiana-invests-6-7m-in-statewide-pilot-of-educational-datacasts/

State
Indiana
Station Name
Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations
Target Audience at the Station
Content, Education
Target Audience in the Community
Teachers, families, and students