Obama’s Computer Science Initiative for K–12

Investing in the education of our children is the best thing we can do for society. What Obama’s $4B computer science initiative means for public schools.

President Obama announced the Computer Science for All initiative. An initiative that builds on a series of actions that have been strengthening computer science education in the nation’s public schools. (Fun fact: President Obama is the first ever president to write a line of code.)

In December, Congress passed a new piece of bipartisan legislation, which Obama signed into law, known as the Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA), which sets new guidelines for school districts and has redefined the core subjects to include computer science.

The Computer Science for All initiative requires $4 billion from the federal budget to go to states and $100 million to public schools to ensure that K—12 teachers have the proper training and materials to teach their students.

Chicago Public Schools announced that it would become the first urban school district to guarantee computer science courses from K—12 in 2013, and implemented it in the fall of 2015. In September of 2015, the New York City Department of Education announced their 10-year plan to make computer science education available to each of the 1.1 million students that attend their public schools. This plan would cost about $81 million, most of which would be allocated to training about 5,000 teachers.

President Obama’s CSA is set to roll out this year, and it won’t be long before school districts will take an active role in securing a computer science education for their teachers and students.

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