IBM Calls for Continued Computer Science Education Legislation

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After President Donald Trump signed a computer science education memorandum on Sept. 25, IBM called for Congress to continue the push for better STEM education by renewing a bill to increase technical education standards.

Trump’s memo mandated that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos provide $200 million per year in grants for science and technology education to strengthen STEM programs in schools, and to add computer science to the curriculum in K-12 schools.

“IBM welcomes the presidential memo calling for $200 million in computer science education and closer partnerships between the education system and employers to align education with the computer science jobs of the future,” an IBM spokesman told MeriTalk.

IBM said that Congress should reauthorize a 2006 bill that would provide an increased focus on the academic achievement of technical education students, strengthen the connections between secondary and postsecondary education, and improve state and local accountability. This act by Congress would coincide with the White House’s focus on improving STEM education.

“The next logical step in preparing workers for new-collar jobs is for the Senate to take up and quickly pass the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act,” an IBM spokesman said. The spokesman urged Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and ranking member Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., “to take this action to improve our students’ access to education aligned with skills needed to be successful in today’s work environment.”

Memorandum: Expanding Access to High Quality STEM and Computer Science Education Provides More Pathways to Good Jobs
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/09/25/expanding-access-...

Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006:
https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-109s250enr/pdf/BILLS-109s250enr.pdf
https://www2.ed.gov/policy/sectech/leg/perkins/index.html
The President signed the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 2006 into law on August 12, 2006. The new Act will provide an increased focus on the academic achievement of career and technical education students, strengthen the connections between secondary and postsecondary education, and improve state and local accountability.