Vouchers to Aid Alabama Students Stuck at Home by Pandemic

Αssociated Press

Volunteers walk past boxes full of fruit and produce at a site where free food was distributed to residents of Alabama s Black Belt region in Selma, Ala., on Thursday, June 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama state officials say a program to aid families with students who are limited to remote learning this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic will provide $100 million for increased internet service.

Gov. Kay Ivey’s office said Friday that vouchers to help families pay for equipment and high-speed internet service through Dec. 31 will be available for students who receive free or reduced-price meals or meet other income criteria. High-speed internet service is often unavailable across rural Alabama and in some urban areas.

While some students were able to participate in classes online after schools closed in the spring because of the pandemic, many were unable to take part because of the lack of reliable high-speed internet.