(NEW YORK TIMES) – President Obama will call for spending $4 billion to help states pay for computer science education in the schools when he presents his 2017 budget to Congress, administration officials say.
If approved by the Republican-led Congress, the money will pay for teacher training and instructional materials to increase the amount of instruction in computer science, especially for girls and minorities, the officials said.
Mr. Obama announced the initiative, called Computer Science for All, in his weekly radio address Saturday morning. He urged lawmakers to support the program's funding in the budget, saying such education would help the nation's young people succeed in a changing job market.
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"In the new economy, computer science isn't an optional skill – it's a basic skill, right along with the three Rs," Mr. Obama said in the address. "Nine out of 10 parents want it taught at their children's schools."