Last week, Governor Greg Abbott and Education Commissioner Mike Morath announced a partnership between the state of Texas and EducationSuperHighway, to launch the Classroom Connectivity Initiative.
The partnership advances Governor Abbott and Commissioner Morath’s vision of a world-class K-12 public school system that provides high-quality digital learning opportunities for all students; a vision only achievable when every classroom in Texas is equipped with robust connectivity.
Working closely with the Governor’s Office, Texas Education Agency, Education Service Centers, and service providers across the state, we will start our work in Texas by creating an action plan to bring affordable, high-speed broadband to all school districts. At the same time, our network experts will begin working with the nearly 1,000 schools that currently lack access to high-speed fiber to help them attain fiber connections that are scalable and affordable.
We are thrilled to partner with Governor Abbott in the effort to upgrade Internet access for the nearly two million Texas students who do not have sufficient connectivity to support digital learning and applaud the state’s commitment to providing students with the tools and resources they need to compete in the 21st-century economy.
Texas is one of a growing number of states that EducationSuperHighway has partnered with to develop successful, data-driven strategies to improve connectivity in K-12 public schools. With billions of dollars in new FCC funding for K-12 broadband, governors and state leaders have an unprecedented opportunity to lead their schools into the 21st century.