Today, President Donald Trump signed a memorandum directing Education Secretary Betsy Devos to improve K-12 computer science education.
The memo asks the Department of Education to devote at least $200 million per year in grants toward “high-quality STEM education with a particular focus on computer science,” according to a press briefing Monday. Trump is also asking the department to explore administrative actions that will increase the focus on computer science in existing K-12 and higher education programs.
Code.org, a Seattle non-profit that advocates for K-12 computer science education, is calling the announcement a victory.
“This federal commitment along with the continuing generous support of private industry, state and local governments will accelerate the adoption of computer science as core curriculum in American K-12 schools,” Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi said in a statement. “More teachers will be trained and more students will have access to learning and achieving success in computer science.”
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