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Jacobs Announces $15 Million in Federal Funding for CA-53 Schools to Help San Diego Kids Access the Internet at Home and Close the Homework Gap

Funds made available through program established by the American Rescue Plan

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Sara Jacobs (D-CA-53) announced today that local schools in her district have received more than $15.1 million to date from the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Connectivity Fund Program (ECF). In total, twelve school districts and schools in CA-53 have received $15,100,811.66 since the program was created last year, including more than $12.5 million for San Diego Unified School District.  

The ECF program, which was created as part of the American Rescue Plan, helps schools and libraries ensure that students can connect to the internet at home, allowing them to take advantage of online learning and do their homework. Nationwide, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is awarding $7.1 billion to schools and libraries across the country so that students can connect to the internet at home through the ECF Program – helping cover costs of laptop and tablet computers, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and broadband connectivity purchases for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons. For more information on the FCC’s ECF Program, click here. 

Congresswoman Jacobs championed and voted for the American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law one year ago. 

“The FCC’s Emergency Connectivity Funding program is just one part of why I was proud to vote for the American Rescue Plan, which ramped up our national vaccine efforts, provided stimulus checks and needed benefits to kids and families, and helped schools reopen safely.  

“Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, local schools have received more than $15 million dollars to provide students and staff with computers, Wi-Fi hotspots, broadband connectivity, and more. In 2022, we know how essential internet access is to education, and no student should fall behind because they don’t have the resources they need at home. I look forward to continuing to work with the Biden Administration, federal agencies, and our state and local partners to make sure San Diego kids have the resources they need to succeed,” said Congresswoman Sara Jacobs.

Schools in CA-53 that have received funding from the FCC’s ECF program:

  • Coleman Tech Charter High School: $63,796.62 

  • College Preparatory Middle School - La Mesa Spring Valley: $168,000.00 

  • Elevate School K-3rd Grade: $132,377.99 

  • Empower Charter School: $95,991.70 

  • Grossmont Union High School District: $52,668.00

  • Iftin Charter: $ 217,890.47 

  • La Mesa-Spring Valley School District: $338,472.31 

  • Lemon Grove Elementary School District: $1,383,896.91 

  • Mater Dei Catholic High School: $36,000.00 

  • San Diego Unified School District: $12,583,608.21

  • San Diego Global Vision Academy K-8: $10,470.00 

  • Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School: $17,639.45