Statement: LEAD Applauds ConnectED Initiative

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - June 6, 2013 -  “As members of the LEAD Commission and advocates for improving the use of technology in education, we applaud President Obama’s ConnectED initiative, which will make digital learning and E-rate reform a national priority by connecting 99 percent of America’s students through high-speed broadband and wireless in five years.  The President’s plan makes real steps to providing the resources needed for education that will allow our students and schools to better compete in an increasingly digital world.  As evidenced by the research we’ve done over the last year and the great example set by Mooresville, NC, real student improvement can be achieved with better use of and more access to technology and empowering teachers to use that technology in their classrooms. We look forward to working with the administration, state and federal policymakers, educators and business leaders to implement these reforms.”

--LEAD Commission: Lee Bollinger, Jim Coulter, Margaret Spellings, Jim Steyer

About LEAD Commission

Answering a challenge from the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Education, the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission was established to determine how technology can help transform education in America. The Commission is co-chaired by Lee Bollinger (President of Columbia University), Jim Coulter (Co-Founder of TPG Capital), Margaret Spellings (Former Secretary of Education) and Jim Steyer (Founder and CEO of Common Sense Media).

The LEAD Commission will be releasing the findings of its research and its recommendations moving forward during the week of June 10.