Questions Linger Over Companies’ $300 Million Computer Science Pledge – Education Week (blog)


It’s been a busy few weeks for computer science education. 

Earlier this month, tech company CEOs joined Ivanka Trump in Detroit to announce $300 million in private-sector pledges of funding for computer science education meant to close the gap in STEM skills and prepare students for a changing economy. The Internet Association announced the commitment the day after President Trump presented a memorandum calling on the Department of Education to prioritize funding for STEM and computer science education.

The memo instructs U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to direct competitive grant money to STEM focused programs, with the goal of $200 million a year for five years.

A  number of prominent companies in tech and other industries said they will make contributions over the next five years, though some offered few specifics on on the nature of those gifts: 

  • Amazon: $50…



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