Obama Launches Computer Science for All Initiative
President Obama is calling for $4 billion in funding for his "Computer Science for All Initiative." The project aims to bring computer science education to every K-12 school in the country. Currently about a quarter of U.S. K-12 schools offer classes in coding and computer science.
“Our economy is rapidly shifting, and both educators and business leaders are increasingly recognizing that computer science (CS) is a ‘new basic’ skill necessary for economic opportunity and social mobility,” blogged U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith.
The initiative has support from major technology companies, but the president will also need to convince Congress to approve the plan.