Some 110 school leaders from across the nation attended the National Connected Superintendents on November 20. The event was part of the Obama administration’s 5-year plan, ConnectED, to provide nearly universal high-speed broadband connectivity to schools and libraries. Currently, fewer than 40% of schools have access to high-speed Internet.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan notes that America must compete with countries like South Korea, which have replaced hard copy textbooks with digital content and Uruguay, where each student is assigned a digital device. In this country, he noted, “The divide between the haves and have-nots cannot be over educational opportunity.