EducationSuperHighway Gets $20 Million From Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, announced their donation of another $20 million to EducationSuperHighway.

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, announced their donation of another $20 million to EducationSuperHighway.

The organization’s goal is to provide Internet access to every K-12 public school.

The power couple announced last month that they were opening The Primary School–a private, comprehensive preschool and kindergarten through eighth grade school aimed at the most disadvantaged residents of East Palo Alto and the eastern part of Menlo Park, Calif.

Zuckerberg and Chan have also invested in education technology company MasteryConnect and in the school system in Newark, N.J.

Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post (embedded below):

Today, Priscilla and I are giving $20 million to continue our support of EducationSuperHighway to help them connect all of America’s classrooms to fast and reliable Internet.

If you’ve followed my posts, you know I care deeply about giving everyone the opportunities of the Internet.

In schools, Internet is critical for enabling something we know leads to better results: personalized learning.

Most schools in the U.S. are connected, but less than one-half have high-speed broadband.

This means most students can’t use personalized learning software that helps them learn content they’re interested in, at their own pace and in a style customized to them. And it means teachers can’t access many of the resources available online.

Every classroom should have fast Internet access, and thanks to EducationSuperHighway, President Barack Obama’s ConnectED initiative and the work of many other partners, we’re making great progress.

One day, we’ll connect the world and provide personalized learning for all students, and we’ll keep focusing on this until that happens.

Readers: What do you think of the latest move to boost education by Zuckerberg and Chan? David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.