US governors pledge to boost computer education in schools after corporate push

A student sits at her computer at Kratzer Elementary School in Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 13, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah Beier

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July 15 (Reuters) – The governors of all 50 U.S. states have pledged to fund a computer science curriculum in more schools after hundreds of leaders, including Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates, sent a letter this week calling for the ‘stock.

The effort, announced Thursday by the National Governors Association, was organized by, a Seattle-based nonprofit that aims to provide computer science to students and help them build careers in technology.

In their letter, the leaders called on governors to update every state’s curriculum to give students in every school access to computer science education.

“When I was 13, computing changed the course of my life. I was really lucky to have access to a computer so early. I hope this initiative will give every student the same opportunity “Bill Gates said in a tweet earlier this week.

Governors signed the “Compact To Expand K-12 Computer Science Education,” pledging to expand access to computer science education through a variety of strategies, including funding and increasing community participation traditionally underserved.

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Reporting by Mrinalika Roy in Bengaluru and Jeffrey Dastin in New York; Editing by Shailesh Kuber

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