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We urge you to amplify and accelerate the local efforts in classrooms, unlock opportunity in every state, and give an answer to all the parents and teachers who believe that every student, in every school, should have a chance to learn computer science.
July 9, 2016
September 10, 2018
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Every student in America should have this opportunity. Dear Members of Congress and fellow Americans, As business leaders, elected officials, educators, and members of the public, we join forces to deliver a bipartisan message about opportunity and the American Dream. Technology is transforming society at an unprecedented rate. Whether it’s smartphones or social networks, self-driving cars or personalized medicine, nothing embodies the American Dream so much as the opportunity to change or even reinvent the world with technology. And participating in this world requires access to computer science in our schools. We ask you to provide funding for every student in every school to have an opportunity to learn computer science. Support for this idea is sweeping our nation. Ninety percent of parents want their children to have access to computer science education at school, and teachers agree. They know that technology opens doors. A hundred thousand teachers have taken matters into their own hands and already begun teaching computer science. Over 100 school districts are rolling out courses, from New York to Chicago to Los Angeles, from Miami to Las Vegas. Twenty states have passed policies and are now looking to support professional training for new computer science teachers. Private donors have collectively committed tens of millions of dollars to solving this problem, including $48 million of new commitments announced today by many of the undersigned. Despite this groundswell, three-quarters of U.S. schools do not offer meaningful computer science courses. At a time when every industry in every state is impacted by advances in computer technology, our schools should give all students the opportunity to understand how this technology works, to learn how to be creators, coders, and makers — not just consumers. Instead, what is increasingly a basic skill is only available to the lucky few, leaving most students behind, particularly students of color and girls. How is this acceptable? America leads the world in technology. We invented the personal computer, the Internet, e-commerce, social networking, and the smartphone. This is our chance to position the next generation to participate in the new American Dream. Not only does computer science provide every student foundational knowledge, it also leads to the highest-paying, fastest-growing jobs in the U.S. economy. There are currently over 500,000 open computing jobs, in every sector, from manufacturing to banking, from agriculture to healthcare, but only 50,000 computer science graduates a year. Whether a student aspires to be a software engineer, or if she just wants a well-rounded education in today’s changing world, access to computer science in school is an economic imperative for our nation to remain competitive. And with the growing threat of cyber warfare, this is even a critical matter of national security. Despite this growing need, targeted federal funding to carry out these efforts in classrooms is virtually non-existent. This bipartisan issue can be addressed without growing the federal budget. We urge you to amplify and accelerate the local efforts in classrooms, unlock opportunity in every state, and give an answer to all the parents and teachers who believe that every student, in every school, should have a chance to learn computer science. Sincerely, Business Leaders Arne Sorenson, CEO, Marriott Barry Diller, Chairman, IAC and Expedia Bill and Melinda Gates Bobby Kotick, CEO, Activision Blizzard Brad Smith, President, Microsoft Brian Chesky, CEO, Airbnb Brian Cornell, Chairman and CEO, Target Doug McMillon, CEO, Walmart Daniel Schulman, CEO, Paypal. Chairman, Symantec Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO, Expedia Devin Wenig, CEO, eBay Drew Houston, CEO, Dropbox Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO, American Airlines Edward Breen, Chairman and CEO, DuPont Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Alphabet, Inc. Ginni Rometty, Chairman and CEO, IBM Grant Verstandig, CEO, Rally Health Herb Allen, President, Allen & Company Jack Dorsey, CEO, Twitter and Square James Murdoch, CEO, 21st Century Fox James P. Gorman, Chairman and CEO, Morgan Stanley Jeff Bezos, Chairman and CEO, Amazon Jeremy Stoppelman, CEO, Yelp Jessica Alba, CEO, The Honest Company Joe Lonsdale, Partner, 8VC. Founder, Palantir John Battelle, Chairman and CEO, NewCo John Donahoe, Chairman, Paypal John J. Legere – President & CEO, T-Mobile US, Inc. Julie Sweet, Chief Executive, Accenture North America Larry Ellison Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock Lowell McAdam, Chairman and CEO, Verizon Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO, Salesforce Mark Cuban, Owner, Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theatres Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman and CEO, Facebook Oscar Munoz, CEO, United Airlines Rami Rahim, CEO, Juniper Networks Randall Stephenson, Chairman and CEO, AT&T Reid Hoffman, Chairman, LinkedIn Rich Barton, Chairman, Zillow Richard Anderson, CEO, Delta Airlines Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company Sam Altman, President, Y Combinator Samuel Allen, Chairman and CEO, John Deere Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook Terry J. Lundgren, Chairman and CEO, Macy's, Inc Tim Cook, CEO, Apple Vishal Sikka, CEO, Infosys Governors Asa Hutchinson, Governor, Arkansas (R) Brian Sandoval, Governor, Nevada (R) C.L. "Butch" Otter, Governor, Idaho (R) Charlie Baker, Governor, Massachusetts (R) Dannell P. Malloy, Governor, Connecticut (D) David Y. Ige, Governor, Hawaii (D) Doug Ducey, Governor, Arizona (R) Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor, West Virginia (D) Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Governor, California (D) Gina M. Raimondo, Governor, Rhode Island (D) Jack Dalrymple, Governor, North Dakota (R) Jack Markell, Governor, Delaware (D) Jay Inslee, Governor, Washington (D) John Hickenlooper, Governor, Colorado (D) Kate Brown, Governor, Oregon (D) Maggie Hassan, Governor, New Hampshire (D) Mark Dayton, Governor, Minnesota (D) Mary Fallin, Governor, Oklahoma (R) Matt Bevin, Governor, Kentucky (R) Matt Mead, Governor, Wyoming (R) Mike Pence, Governor, Indiana (R) Peter Shumlin, Governor, Vermont (D) Phil Bryant, Governor, Mississippi (R) Rick Snyder, Governor, Michigan (R) Steve Bullock, Governor, Montana (D) Susana Martinez, Governor, New Mexico (R) Terry Branstad, Governor, Iowa (R) Terry McAuliffe, Governor, Virginia (D) K-12 Leaders Antwan Wilson, Superintendent, Oakland Bob Runcie, Superintendent, Broward County Public Schools Carmen Fariña, Chancellor, NYC Department of Education Forrest Claypool, CEO, Chicago Public Schools Kenneth Huewitt, Interim Superintendent, Houston ISD Kimberly Hill, Superintendent, Charles County Public Schools Michelle King, Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified Pat Skorkowsky, Superintendent, Clark County School District Richard Carranza, Superintendent, San Francisco Unified Richard Woods, State Superintendent, Georgia Susan Enfield, Superintendent, Highline Public Schools Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent, California Education Nonprofit Leaders Bobby Schnabel, CEO, Association for Computing Machinery Cornell Brooks, President and CEO, NAACP Daniel A. Domenech, Executive Director, AASA, The School Superintendents Association David Coleman, CEO, College Board Elisa Villanueva Beard, CEO, Teach For America Gail Connelly, ED, National Association of Elementary School Principals Hadi Partovi, CEO, Code.org Judy Vredenburgh, President and CEO, Girls Inc. Lee Hood, MD, PhD, President, Institute for Systems Biology. Co-founder, Amgen Linda D. Hallman, CEO, American Association of University Women Lucy Sanders, CEO, National Center for Women and IT Mark Nelson, Executive Director, CS Teachers Association Matthew Randazzo, CEO, National Math & Science Initiative Peggy Brookins, CEO, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Telle Whitney, CEO, Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association Vince Bertram, CEO, Project Lead The Way Please join us. After signing, please spread the word. #CSforAll