Update on Computer Science Education
Dec 5, 2016 — Since spring, the Computer Science Education Coalition had put a concerted effort towards securing federal funding for K-12 computer science.
Although we had our fingers crossed for success during the last 2-3 weeks, Congress recently passed what’s known as a “continuing resolution” which extends the current budget into 2017. This means most new budget decisions will be decided by the next Congress, under the Trump Administration.
Securing federal funding for computer science has always been a difficult challenge, and as early as June we received feedback that it’s more likely to succeed if we think of it as an effort that continues into 2017. The Coalition and Code.org will continue to fight for funding and just today sent a letter to Congressional Members (see http://www.csecoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/CSEC-Hill-Letter-FINAL.pdf). Meanwhile, our supporters in Congress have assured us that our effort in 2016 has built momentum that will carry forward into 2017.
We don’t have any direct feedback yet about the incoming administration’s support for K-12 CS but look forward to working with our current Hill champions and members of the new Congress for funding K-12 computer science at a federal level.
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