Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Year 2 of the GEER/DESE Hotspot Project

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Superintendents; Assistant Superintendent; Principals; Technology Coordinators; Curriculum Coordinators; Bookkeepers; Parent Involvement Coordinators/Facilitators; Facilities / Maintenance Director

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In the fall of 2020, the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) worked with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon to provide CIPA compliant hotspots to Arkansas schools. Thanks to Governor Hutchinson’s generous allocation of $10 million from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund, over 20,000 hotspots were distributed to support the continuation of learning for both the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years. Schools and districts are encouraged to review key points for year 2 of the project:

  • Hotspots are intended to assist students with the greatest need.
  • Data plans have been pre-paid through the summer of 2022 (specific end dates vary by vendor).
  • The DESE will not request the return of hotspots at the end of the project.  Devices will be considered the property of the district.  
  • Additional hotspots will not be ordered by the DESE, although districts are free to contact vendors to purchase devices with district funds.  

For a district point of contact, the number of hotspots delivered, or for any other questions, contact Jeff Killingsworth ( The original project description can be found within Commissioner’s Memo RT-21-004.


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