The Internet Association, a trade association of global Internet companies, has announced commitments totaling $300 million over five years from its members and others in support of K-12 computer science education.
The pledge represents a private-sector response to a White House memorandum issued earlier this week directing the U.S. Department of Education to make STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and computer science a priority in competitive grant programs, with a goal of awarding $200 million annually for such initiatives. To that end, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce have each committed $50 million to the effort, while Lockheed Martin committed $25 million, Accenture committed more than $10 million, General Motors and Pluralsight committed $10 million each, and various individuals and foundations committed $3 million. In addition, Quicken Loans pledged funding to ensure that more than fifteen thousand Detroit Public Schools students receive the computer science training they deserve, while Intuit and the Internet Association will contribute to that effort.
"It's essential that the public and private sectors work together to ensure all American students have the opportunity to learn computer science and take part in the fastest growing sector of our economy," said Internet Association president and CEO Michael Beckerman.
"Whether a student wishes to become a lawyer, a nurse, a scientist, or a coder, a background in computer science will provide a critical foundation for the future," said Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi. "Today's announcement wouldn't be possible without the passionate work of hundreds of thousands of teachers in the past four years. Their local support in classrooms has powered an international movement to modernize education."