President Obama on Connect-ED, Champions of Change

Last week at the White House, President Obama recognized "Champions of Change" from the education field and reiterated the importance of delivering high-speed Internet to schools through his ConnectED initiative:

"In an age when the world’s information is just a click away, we’ve got to bring our schools and our libraries into the 21st century. That’s why five months ago I launched an initiative that we’re calling ConnectED to bring high-speed Internet to 99 percent of American students over the next five years. And this is going to be a top priority for me. It’s going to take some hard work across my administration, but I’m committed to getting it done. 

"Because this is not just about wiring schools; it’s about changing students’ lives. It’s about using technology to give students a chance to learn at their own pace, whether they’re catching up on a subject or moving ahead to the next level. It’s about giving teachers a better data set so they can see exactly what’s working and what isn’t for particular students. It’s about unleashing a new market for educational devices and apps that will create jobs and spur innovation."

Listen to the President's full remarks here

Among the "Champions of Change" was Misa Gonzales, freshman English teacher at Desert View High School in Tucson, Arizona's Sunnyside Unified School District (USD). Sunnyside USD is a CoSN Member, and we were especially thrilled to see Misa recognized! Read more about President Obama's Champions of Change here.

We at CoSN enthusiastically support ConnectED and are encouraged to hear that the administration shares our priorities. The parameters of ConnectED are currently being shaped by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC); stay tuned for updates as the program is rolled out next year.