A POWERFUL ALLY: Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan have donated $20 million to EducationSuperHighway to connect US public schools to high speed internet. The announcement occurred in conjunction with the release of the 2015 State of States, a report on the condition of internet connections on American schools across the country.
"Most schools in the US are connected, but less than half have high-speed broadband," said Zuckerberg in a Facebook post. "This means most students can't use personalized learning software that helps them learn content they're interested in, at their own pace and in a style customized to them," he added.
The government cheerfully acknowledged Zuckerberg's initiative: "Thanks, Mark Zuckerberg. You’re right—all our kids deserve access to high-speed internet in our schools," said the White House on its Facebook page. "It’s 2015! It’s one of the most important tools they need to learn and succeed and keep pace with the rest of the world."
This is not the first time Zuckerberg has supported EducationSuperHighway. In 2013, he made a $3 million gift to the organization. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other education entities have also poured $6 million into the initiative.