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    Mark Zuckerberg Donates $20M to Schools For Faster Internet
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    Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan arrive for a State Dinner at the White House in honor of Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015.

    Some students may soon see faster internet speeds, thanks to a donation from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

    Zuckerberg announced Thursday that he's donating $20 million dollars to the Education Super Highway, a nonprofit organization committed to increasing access to high-speed internet in schools.

    Zuckerberg says most schools in the U.S. are connected, but less than half have high-speed broadband, which puts both students and teachers at a disadvantage when it comes to accessing learning tools online.

    This is not the first time Zuckerberg has donated millions to education causes. Five years ago, he donated $100 million to the public school system in Newark, New Jersey and $120 million last year to Bay Area schools.

    Zuckerberg's wife, Priscilla Chan, will head a new private school for under-served children in East Palo Alto, scheduled to open next year.

     

    Today Priscilla and I are giving $20 million to continue our support of Education Super Highway to help them connect all...

    Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, November 19, 2015

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