President Barack Obama has unveiled a new initiative to expand access to computer science education at K-12 schools across the U.S. as part of efforts to prepare students for college and career in technical fields.
The White House said Thursday Obama will request $4 billion from Congress to fund implementation of his Computer Science for All Initiative and another $100 million in program-related competitive grants.
The funds would help U.S. states and district schools to train teachers to teach computer science as well as increase access to hands-on CS courses in public high schools.
The National Science Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service have pledged a combined $137 million to support CS teacher development programs.
Google, Salesforce.org and Cartoon Network committed to invest more than $60 million in the Computer Science for All Initiative, while Code.org plans to train an additional 25,000 teachers on computer science this year, the White House added.