President Barack Obama will ask Congress for $4.1 billion to expand computer programming classes in every public school, the White House said today.
The proposal, backed by technology firms including Apple Inc., Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp., will be included in Obama’s fiscal 2017 budget, to be released Feb. 9. Teaching basic coding to more grade-school children is necessary to expand the U.S. economy, Obama said.
“In the new economy, computer science isn’t an optional skill — it’s a basic skill,” Obama said Saturday in his weekly television and radio address. “I’ve got a plan to help make sure all our kids get an opportunity to learn computer science.”
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