Jim Evans, superintendent of the Lee County School District, said passing the bill would not only have a profound impact on schools, but also the surrounding communities. His district is one of a few across the country participating in Microsoft’s Teaching Education and Literacy in Schools.
“I know small business owners who need expanded broadband connectivity,” he said. “I know students who graduate and want to become entrepreneurs using advanced broadband technology. I know students who are lost considering dropping out, and with TEALS in Lee County, we’ve been able to provide an option for those kids to stay in school and succeed in life.”