December 1, 2017

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TechNet Welcomes House Resolution Promoting Public-Private Partnerships In Computer Science Education

Washington, D.C. — TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives, today welcomed the introduction of a House resolution by Representatives Scott Taylor (R-VA), Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) in support of public-private partnerships to bring computer science education to more K-12 classrooms.

According to the Computer Science Education Coalition, “only one out of four K-12 schools teach any computer science,” even though nine out of 10 parents say they want it taught in their children’s schools.  Next week marks Computer Science Education Week.

The following statement is attributable to Linda Moore, President & CEO of TechNet:

“The U.S. faces a significant and growing computer science skills gap that is leaving too many of our young people unable to secure the good-paying job opportunities available to them in this field.  In fact, by 2020 there will be one million more computing jobs nationally than there will be graduates to fill them, resulting in a $500 billion opportunity gap.  Neither the private sector nor policymakers should rest until computer science and STEM courses are taught in every school in America.

“In addition to governments making greater investments in computer science education at the local, state, and federal levels, the tech industry must also do its part to expand public-private partnerships that help bring computer science education to more communities across the country.  We appreciate Representatives Taylor, Lipinski, Fleischmann, and Kilmer for highlighting the important role public-private partnerships will continue to play in equipping American students with computer science skills to help them prosper and allow our country to remain the world’s innovation leader.”

Earlier this year, TechNet welcomed the White House’s announcement dedicating at least $200 million annually to promote computer science and STEM education.

About TechNet

TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of technology CEOs and senior executives that promotes the growth of the innovation economy by advocating a targeted policy agenda at the federal and 50-state level.  TechNet’s diverse membership includes dynamic startups and the most iconic companies on the planet and represents three million employees and countless customers in the fields of information technology, e-commerce, the sharing and gig economies, advanced energy, cybersecurity, venture capital, and finance.  TechNet has offices in Washington, D.C., Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Sacramento, Austin, Boston, Olympia, Albany, and Tallahassee.

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