ICYMI: Khan Academy CEO Salman Khan Highlights Urgency To Close Digital Divide for America’s Students on CNBC
In case you missed it, Salman Khan, founder and CEO of Khan Academy, a free online education platform, spoke on CNBC’s Squawk Box Tuesday about how the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the urgency to close the digital divide. As an educator, Khan has had a front row seat to witness the hardships students without broadband face to be able to succeed in the classroom and at home. During the interview, Khan noted the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act dedicates $65 billion to help close the broadband gap and how instrumental the funding would be to the millions of students without connectivity. He said:
“If there’s one silver lining of the pandemic, it’s that there’s more attention on this issue of the digital divide and sometimes we call the homework gap now, which is essentially the digital divide at home, who actually has the technology at home, and this has been an issue pre-pandemic…The good thing is there’s 60 something billion plus in this infrastructure package to try to close the digital divide.”
Watch the full segment here:
Read more about how the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will be a positive down payment on bridging the digital divide HERE.