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WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after President Barack Obama's announcement in Adelphi, Maryland, on the progress of the ConnectED education and technology partnership:
“I was pleased to join President Obama today at Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Maryland, as he spoke about his Administration’s ConnectED public-private partnership to connect our nation’s classrooms to the internet and deploy the latest technologies to help our children acquire the skills that will set them on the path to future success. It should be no surprise that the President chose to hold today’s event in Maryland, which has one of the best school systems in the country thanks to a broad effort in our state to prioritize investment in education.
“The President’s plan, which will invest $2 billion over the next two years in order to connect more than 20 million students through wireless and broadband, goes hand-in-hand with the Make It In America plan I am proud to lead in the House, which includes as a core component the need to train and secure a twenty-first century workforce. The President’s ConnectED program also has over $750 million in commitments from private sector companies that are partnering with the Administration to bring innovative technologies into classrooms across America.
“I am encouraged that the President is not waiting for the Congress to act and has taken steps on his own to pursue his goal of connecting 99% of American students within the next five years. However, as President Obama has himself made clear, in order for our country to undertake the serious investment in education, skills training, and job creation we need, Congress will have to be a partner in this work – not an obstacle. I look forward to continuing to reach across the aisle in order to move Make It In America and other legislation that supports education and job growth to the House Floor for consideration.”