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President Barack Obama Pushes $4 Billion EdTech Plan

It’s often said that you can’t put a price on education but for the last couple of decades, it seems like education is becoming more expensive. If you don’t believe that, just look at President Barack Obama’s new $4 billion plan to ensure that all children have access to computer science in 2017.

“The three-year initiative, called "Computer Science for All," would provide states with money to train teachers, equip classrooms and develop new classroom materials,” according to CNET.

“It's part of the president's 2017 budget and would need approval of the Republican-led Congress.”

President Obama cites the facts that computer science is not only a necessary skill in today’s workforce, it’s also a skill that parents are calling for in their schools. Oddly enough, while there are plenty of schools who are moving towards the ed-tech movement, there are still statistics that show room for immediate growth.

“And yet right now, only a quarter of kindergarten through 12th grade schools offer computer science, Obama said. 22 states don't even allow it to count toward a diploma,” according to the report.

The gap between girls and tech, minorities and tech as well as tech access in schools located in cities that may not be able to afford them is real and has been addressed plenty of times.

Giving all students a leveled playing field will dramatically change the future workforce and could potentially end a cycle of labor hierarchy.

"Today's auto mechanics aren't just sliding under cars to change the oil; they're working on machines that run on as many as 100 million lines of code. That's 100 times more than the Space Shuttle," said President Obama, according to the report.

"Nurses are analyzing data and managing electronic health records. Machinists are writing computer programs."

The full proposal will be revealed on February 9, with Microsoft being one of the tech companies that is already onboard with the plan.

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Article by Navindra Persaud, Education World Contributor.

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