HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania is offering aid to school districts to pay for accommodations for students who are homebound while recovering from a serious injury or illness.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill last week after it passed the Legislature unanimously.

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Under the law, the Department of Education must write program guidelines, and award up to $300,000 a year in grants to intermediate units that apply.

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The grants could be used to buy equipment that helps students participate in real time with classroom activity through a video link. The sponsor, Sen. Scott Martin, R-Lancaster, says the equipment resembles an iPad mounted on a Segway unit and will help students keep up with classmates while dealing with a serious illness or injury.

He says Maryland has a similar law.

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