Hundreds of students’ lives will get a lot easier in the Irving Independent School District thanks to a state grant to provide Internet access for students who currently don’t have the service at home. Starting as early as next month, close to 250 students at Barbara Cardwell Career Preparatory Center will be able to check out wireless internet devices. Teacher John McFarland said students need access to the internet as more classes require online participation. “All of our teachers are using Project Share, so we use that to post notes, and activities, and lessons,” said McFarland. He hoped the $125,000 state grant will help keep the students better connected. The grant program was established by the 82nd Texas Legislature in Senate Bill 6, section 32.201. Its goal is to ensure that all students, including economically disadvantaged students, have dedicated access to a personal technology device.

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