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Apple Grants iPads, Macs, and Apple TVs to 114 US Schools in ConnectED Initiative
Students at Presidio Middle School use the HMH iPad algebra app.

Apple, a partner in the President’s ConnectED initiative to connect all schools to the digital age, has selected 114 schools to receive grants as part of the company’s ConnectED commitment. Apple’s $100 million contribution will provide iPads and MacBooks, learning content, curriculum support, and wireless infrastructure.

 

The multiyear program is aimed at transforming learning in schools located in many of the nation's most underserved communities. All grant recipients have 96 percent or more students eligible for free or reduced-priced lunches. This effort will help advance equity and opportunity in public education. Access to technology is a crucial way to level the playing field for our country’s students. The 114 schools are incredibly diverse in demographics, geography, grade, and size. Apple is donating to elementary, middle and high schools located in urban, suburban, and rural schools alike, in 29 states. The schools range in size from 80 students to nearly 1,000 students. Ninety-two percent of the students from our partner schools are of Hispanic, Black, Native America, Alaskan Native, or Asian heritage.

 

The 114 schools that been selected by Apple for a grant will receive:

 

  • an iPad for every student

  • a Mac and iPad for every teacher and administrator

  • an Apple TV for every classroom

  • Apple software to support creativity and productivity

  • Appropriate third-party applications and components

  • A dedicated Apple team to provide ongoing professional development and support

 

The National Title I Association was pleased to be represented by President Margaret MacKinnon who participated in the selection of Apple’s grant finalists this summer among a handful of national leaders of American education. What Apple is doing in these underprivileged schools will be transformative not only for the students, but also for their communities. See the following link for information about the schools selected: http://www.apple.com/education/connectED/

 

About the Author

Julia Martin is an attorney with the Washington, DC law firm of Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC. Established in 1980, the Firm is nationally recognized for its federal education regulatory and legislative practice, providing legal advice regarding compliance with all major federal education programs as well as the federal grants management requirements, including the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). In addition, they work with agencies on federal spending flexibility, allowability, policies and procedures, audit defense and resolution and legislative updates. The Firm provides government relations services for the National Title I Association.