January 27, 2022

Cárdenas Announces Nearly $200,000 for North Valley Military Institute to Help Close Homework Gap

The FCC’s ECF Program will give $182M to LAUSD, $8.4 million to LA private, charter, continuation schools and $1.6 million to LA Public Libraries

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY — Today Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) visited North Valley Military Institute (NVMI) to announce the school will receive $182,000 in grant funding through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Program from the American Rescue Plan. The funding will help the school close the homework gap for students who currently lack necessary internet access or the devices they need to connect to classrooms. The ECF Program covers equipment and services including the costs of laptop and tablet computers, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers and more. 

“With so many children in Los Angeles without devices or internet access, students are being locked out of the virtual classroom,” said Congressman Cárdenas. “I helped authorize the Emergency Connectivity Fund in Congress because I want to get as many students, teachers and staff the tools they need to help close the homework gap. That’s exactly what these federal dollars are going to do for our community. When we invest in student success, we pave the way for a better future for all Angelenos.” 

In Los Angeles County, there are still neighborhoods where as many as 30 percent of households do not have internet connections. Across the country, an average of 18 percent of households, as many as 12 million children, still lack internet access and 10 percent lack home computers. 

As part of the FCC’s ECF Program, $182 million will go to Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) schools, $8.4 million will go to private, charter and continuation schools in Los Angeles and $1.6 million will go to Los Angeles Public Libraries. 

The initial grant application window closed on August 13, 2021, and the second application filing window closed on October 13, 2021. LAUSD applied on behalf of all of their schools, and they will be distributing the funds accordingly. 

Of the $8.4 million sent to private, charter and continuation schools in Los Angeles, the following are in the Congressman’s district: 

  • North Valley Military Institute, $187,000 
  • Ararat Charter School, $125,058
  • Montague Charter Academy, $75,958
  • Girls Athletic Leadership School Los Angeles, $44,500
  • Laurence School, $38,640

The Congressman also visited Ararat Charter School and Girls Athletic Leadership School Los Angeles to announce the grant today. 

For photos of the Congressman at the schools, click here

For a full list of schools receiving funding from the ECF Program, click here