If true, this is not a bad deal. According to a forum member at SlickDeals – Verizon is offering 20% off monthly service to educators. All that's required to qualify is that you have a school email address. I think this means you probably need an address ending in ".edu" – though you're welcome to give any old address a try.
Unfortunately this is one of those YMMV (your mileage may vary) situations.
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ATTENTION EDUCATORS: 20% off Verizon Cell Service All Educators (teachers and Administrators) are eligible for 20%
off their cell phone service monthly plan. This is a bonus for educators only. Call Verizon for your discount.
You must have a school email address. You simply call Verizon at the number listed on your statement. 1-888-225-6659
I've never seen it advertised. My friend told me and I called Verizon.
They happily gave me 20% off my 39.99 plan. They sent me an email to my school email and I had to email them back to verify.