Verizon announced partnerships with state agencies in Texas and Massachusetts to aid distance-learning programs as schools nationwide look to open up virtually during the pandemic.
“This work will help millions of Texas children,” said Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath.
Verizon’s sponsor-state agreement with the Texas Education Agency is the latest in a series of distance learning enablement partnerships that now total 38 states and the District of Columbia — including Los Angeles Unified and the California State Department of Education, Georgia Department of Education, South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Oklahoma State Department of Education. They aim to provide every student in the U.S. with access to a reliable internet connection, a device and other education solutions they need, whether in a full-time classroom environment, distance learning from home or a combination thereof.
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education also partnered with Verizon to provide up to 4.7 million students in Massachusetts and seven neighboring states, plus the District of Columbia, with a simple and quick way to access the distance learning connectivity students need this fall.
“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have partnered with independent school districts and state departments of education to help bridge the digital divide, and deliver connectivity, devices and other solutions to students nationwide,” said Andrés Irlando, senior vice president and president, Public Sector and Verizon Connect at Verizon.