National report highlights Louisiana’s progress in closing the K-12 digital divide

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Baton Rouge — Gov. John Bel Edwards today announced that 100 percent of K-12 students in Louisiana now have access to high-speed broadband on par with the Federal Communications Commission’s minimum bandwidth goal of 100 kbps per student, which ensures expanded opportunities for teaching and learning in Louisiana’s classrooms.

“If we expect our children to compete for 21st-century jobs, then we must provide every child with a 21st-century education that includes access to digital learning opportunities,” said Gov. Edwards.

“High-speed Internet is a crucial component in this effort. Louisiana must continue its incredible progress connecting our students to next-generation broadband so they have access to online educational resources and tools in every classroom, every day”

A newly released report from national non-profit EducationSuperHighway highlights the status of broadband connectivity in the nation’s K-12 public schools. The report found that almost all of Louisiana schools are connected to scalable fiber infrastructure, which enables them to keep up with increasing bandwidth demand needed for digital innovation in K-12 classrooms.

“Governor Edwards has done a great job of leading the charge to eliminate the digital divide gap in our nation’s school districts,” said Evan Marwell, CEO at EducationSuperHighway. “High-speed Internet is as crucial to the classroom as pencils and chalkboards, and Louisiana’s efforts will ensure that more children than ever before can take advantage of digital learning.”

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