As schools debate about returning to online learning, the lack of internet access for many Americans is a big sticking point.


As the father of four school-age children in rural Mississippi, I would like to propose a common-sense enhancement to COVID-era education. My proposal won’t cost hundreds of millions of dollars; it won’t take decades to implement; and it will provide an immediate workable solution for our teachers, students and parents. 

Put simply, my proposal is to broadcast Mississippi’s best education. We can do it starting tomorrow at virtually no cost to taxpayers. How? Broadcast our best teachers over the public digital television infrastructure already accessible by every Mississippi home.

Andy Gipson is commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce. (Photo: Special to Clarion Ledger)

We enjoy living on our farm in rural Mississippi,