Scant Details, Fuzzy Math in $500 Million Public-Private Computer Science Education Push


Yesterday, the President signed a Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Education focused on access to high-quality Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. That memorandum directs ED “to the extent consistent with law, establish a goal of devoting at least $200 million in grant funds per year to the promotion of high‑quality STEM education, including computer science in particular.” It also directs ED to “take action to provide guidance documents and other technical assistance that could support high‑quality computer science education.”

Per Congress, the Secretary’s discretion and authority here is limited. Moreover, this appears not to be a new program or the precursor to a budget request. As of right now, ED has not publicly acknowledged or mentioned this initiative on its website, nor has Secretary DeVos issued any statements about it.

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