Amid a pandemic that has shifted learning to digital spaces, Minnesota state leaders have announced a partnership that’s aimed at getting technology and internet access to more students.
The partnership, called ConnectedMN, includes Best Buy, Comcast, Blandin Foundation, Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation and the Minnesota Business Partnership — working in collaboration with the state.
Gov. Tim Walz says ConnectedMN’s goal is to improve access to technology and high-speed internet for students across the state — especially in communities of need.
Gov. Walz posted a video with his wife, Gwen Walz, announcing the partnership.
So far, business and philanthropic leaders have raised $1.65 million dollars. The Governor’ Emergency Education Relief has earmarked $14 million for districts to prioritize devices and connectivity.
For the fall, Gov. Walz has asked schools to be prepared for three scenarios: in-person learning for all students, a hybrid model with strict social distancing and capacity limits, and distance learning only. A decision is expected in late July.