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Obama-Era Computer Science Initiative Surging Ahead Despite Hurdles


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The Obama administration-era CSforAll initiative to broaden computer science education in U.S. schools nationwide has transitioned into the CSforAll Consortium under former U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy adviser Ruthe Farmer. Little support for the $4 billion initiative from the Trump administration and Congress has spurred agencies such as the U.S. National Science Foundation, private organizations, and activist groups to take the lead and contribute resources.

The CSforAll Consortium will bring together about 300 computer science educators, researchers, activists, nonprofits, and industry partners for the second annual Summit on Computer Science for All, to be held in October at Washington University in St. Louis.

"This work of getting computer science to all kids, I think, is a bipartisan issue, and everyone agrees that we need to upgrade our educational system for a changing economy," Farmer says. "That's a no-brainer."

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