“Apple Inc plans to dole out $100 million in grants to U.S. schools as part of the Obama administration’s ‘ConnectED’ program, targeting those that lack access to education technology and reliable broadband Internet,” Christina Farr reports for Reuters.
“Obama’s ConnectED initiative aims to bring stable Internet to 99 percent of U.S. students by 2017 and direct federal funds to enhance the use of technology in classrooms,” Farr reports. “Microsoft and Adobe have pledged support to the program in the form of free or discounted software.”
“Apple will divide the funds between 114 schools in 29 states, CEO Tim Cook said on Monday after being inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor, an organization that recognizes natives of the state for their achievements,” Farr reports. “Apple said it will work with schools where the majority of students are eligible for free or reduced lunches. Ninety-two percent of the eligible students are also of Hispanic, Black, Native American, Alaskan Native or Asian heritage, it said.”
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