Facebook Founder Donates $20 Million Toward Public School Internet

Facebook Founder Donates $20 Million Toward Public School Internet

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Facebook’s founder is getting a lot of “Likes” from people wanting better Internet service in America’s classrooms.

Less than half of the country’s schools have fast broadband service, but a large donation from Mark Zuckerberg should speed things up. He donated $20 million November 19 to EducationSuperHighway, a nonprofit that bring high-speed Internet to public schools.GNN-app-banner-ad-opt

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Zuckerberg says students should have the ability to customize their learning experience by having access to material they are interested in — letting them learn at their own pace. He believes the Internet gives them that chance.

“In schools, Internet is critical for enabling something we know leads to better results: personalized learning,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post announcing the contribution.

The CEO and his wife have been supporting other education initiatives, such as Summit Public Schools and AltSchool, according to Mashable, and in 2013 they contributed their first $3 million to EducationSuperHighway.

(Photo: Jason McELweenie, CC)