Funding calls attention to the importance of computer science in today’s education

President Obama will ask Congress for more than $4.2 billion to reboot computer science education programs in what the White House is calling an “Eisenhower moment” for technical education.

The three-year initiative, called Computer Science For All, would help train teachers, equip classrooms, and develop new class materials.

“We have to make sure all our kids are equipped for the jobs of the future – which means not just being able to work with computers, but developing the analytical and coding skills to power our innovation economy,” Obama said in his weekly radio address Saturday. “Today’s auto mechanics aren’t just sliding under cars to change the oil; they’re working on machines that run on as many as 100 million lines of code. That’s 100 times more than the Space Shuttle.”

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