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The Big Names Who Stand Behind Computer Science

The White House estimates that only a quarter of K-12 schools in the U.S. offer high quality computer science classes to America’s children, but the field is becoming an incredibly important subject in a growing digital world.

That’s why several big names have come forward in the past year to pledge funding and commitment to getting high-quality computer science classes to America’s students- with President Obama being the latest. Here are some of the most notable:

President Obama’s $4 Billion Commitment

President Obama announced at the end of January that he will be seeking $4 billion from Congress to give states money for computer science budgets.

"Another important step in Obama's plan is to work with the corporate sector to provide more computer science opportunities. He said over 50 organizations had already committed to the program and he urged others to come forward,” says CNN.

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The San Francisco Board of Education Expands Computer Science to All Grades

In June, the San Francisco Board of Education announced it would be expanding computer science to all grade levels in the San Francisco Unified School District.

“The Board is hoping that by getting students started in computer science as early as preschool, more in the area will develop an interest in the study,” Education World reported.

"With the growing demand for employment of computer and information research scientists and the competitive salaries for both, the move is anticipated to best prepare students for the future.”

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Microsoft Invests $75 Million to Computer Science

Another big name behind investing in computer science for K-12 students is Microsoft.

In September, the company announced that within the next three years, it will be committing $75 million to helping students get exposure to computer science courses.

Microsoft runs TEALS- Technology Education and Literacy in Schools - where it travels the country to help teachers learn how to teach computer science and helps connect students with the technology they might use in future careers.

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NYC Plans to Expand Computer Science Access to All Students in 10 Years

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced in September the city’s plans to expose all NYC students to computer science within the next 10 years.

It will have to train at least 5,000 teachers to reach its goal and will face some challenges with implementation along the way, but the move represents a growing trend of ensuring that children have a basic understanding of computer science, such as learning basic programming languages.

The initiative is expected to cost the city $81 million, with many investors pledging funding to help.

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Compiled by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor