Major publishers have donated as much as $250 million in e-books to impoverished students nationwide as part of an initiative by President Obama to have 99 percent of all students connected to the Internet by 2018.
The publishers include Bloomsbury, Candlewick, Cricket Media, Hachette, HarperCollins, Lee & Low, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster, the government said.
The ConnectED program’s move to furnish the poor with materials that can only be accessed with an electronic device may at first blush seem nonsensical. But the government said that 47 percent of households earning less than $30,000 annually have access to a mobile device.
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