Funding, Grants & Awards
CEOs, Governors Ask Congress To Commit $250 Million for K-12 Computer Science
coalition of business leaders, governors and
educators has called on the United States Congress to provide funding that will
every student in America the opportunity to learn computer science.
corporate CEOs are backing up their commitment
by offering nearly $50 million in private contributions in order to
access to computer science.
has promised to provide $10 million in new
funding to be spent by the end of next year and Microsoft has committed
million to broaden access to K-12 computer science. Infosys Foundation USA has
committed to $5 million in grants to nonprofits that advance computer
addition, BlackRock, AT&T, Mark Zuckerberg
and Priscilla Chan, Jeff Bezos, Omidyar Network and others have pledged
million in contributions to Code.org, a nonprofit dedicated to
and increasing participation among women and students of color in
April 26, CEOs of Fortune 100 companies and 27
governors from both parties, along with K12 education leaders, sent
Congress a letter noting that computer
science is increasingly foundational to 21st-century
percent of parents want their children to
have access to computer science education at school, and teachers
letter read in part. "Despite this groundswell, three-quarters of U.S.
do not offer meaningful computer science courses. This bipartisan issue
be addressed without growing the federal budget."
the letter organized by the Computer Science
Education Coalition in partnership with Code.org,
the coalition urged Congress
to provide school districts with $250 million to enhance computer
education in schools.
About the Author
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.