Calling on Biden and Congress: Fund computer science in schools

This issue is bipartisan: The Obama and Trump administrations both supported computer science. We call on the Biden administration to ask Congress to fully fund CS.

From 2014: Vice President Joe Biden during the Hour of Code event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Why computer science?

Research shows that CS helps students succeed in other academic studies and leads to increased college enrollment. CS opens doors of opportunity to middle-class jobs — there are 569,000 currently open jobs in computing occupations across every industry. But access to CS is woefully inequitable. Finally, given the growing cyber threat, it is a matter of national security to educate our future workforce to defend the digital infrastructure we all depend on.

President Biden supports computer science and Code.org

President Biden has supported computer science and Code.org since this speech at the National Governors Association in 2014.

This issue is bipartisan

Support for computer science is bipartisan. Both the Obama and Trump administrations supported CS: The Obama administration made a call to action for CSforAll and funded NSF research, and the Trump administration made computer science a competitive priority for EIR grants from the Department of education.

Every student deserves access to opportunity

The majority of U.S. schools still don’t offer basic computer science classes. Opportunity should be equal, but it’s not. Black students are almost half as likely to have the option to study CS in school as white students. We must fix this.

Chart showing underrepresented racial/ethnic groups’ access to computer science. Our goal at Code.org is for every student in every school to have the opportunity to learn computer science.

To prepare more CS teachers, funding is required

Over 100,000 CS teachers have attended professional learning workshops and begun teaching computer science. Thanks to the passion of these teachers, change is possible. Ultimately this effort needs funding to succeed.

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