KSTP-TV: State announces public-private partnership to help tech needs of families with children in school

EXCERPT: “Tuesday, Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan announced a public-private partnership to help meet the technology and connectivity needs of families with school-aged children. According to a release from the governor’s office, the state is working with Best Buy, Comcast, Blandin Foundation, Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation and the Minnesota Business Partnership as part of Partnership for a ConnectedMN. The goal is to get technology and internet access to students across the state ahead of the upcoming school year, especially communities in greatest need, including Indigenous and students of color, those in low-income families and those in rural parts of the state . . . The state estimated that at least 25,000 Minnesota students lack the technology and high-speed internet access that is essential for academic learning, out-of-school activities and critical services, such as telehealth. The governor’s office said the students are disproportionately students of color, Indigenous students and low-income students.” FULL STORY: https://fluence-media.co/2CRmbFE