Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Walmart CEO Doug Mcmillan have teamed up with governors and educators to ask Congress to provide $250 million in federal funding to school districts in order to give every single K-12 student in the nation an opportunity to learn how to code. The tech CEOs are joined by governors from both sides, including California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R).
The coalition of CEOs, COOs, and politicians say America should be a leader in computer science education, yet today most schools don't even offer this foundational subject. Every student in America should have this opportunity, they add.
Here’s part of their letter “to Congress and fellow Americans”: As business leaders, elected officials, educators, and members of the public, we join forces to deliver a bipartisan message about opportunity and the American Dream. Technology is transforming society at an unprecedented rate. Whether it’s smartphones or social networks, self-driving cars or personalized medicine, nothing embodies the American Dream so much as the opportunity to change or even reinvent the world with technology. And participating in this world requires access to computer science in our schools. We ask you to provide funding for every student in every school to have an opportunity to learn computer science.”