A New Chapter for Computer Science Education 

The federal STEM Act of 2015, which President Obama signed on October 7 of this year, provides an unprecedented opportunity to fully leverage federal resources, including those listed below, to address this challenge.

Specifically, the STEM Act formally allows Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) to use federal money allocated toward improving STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education for teaching computer science. With computer and math jobs growing 21 percent since 2007 (faster than any other occupational category), we are now even better positioned to ensure that all children have access to high-quality CS coursework and are prepared for college and rewarding careers.

As schools consider implementing evidence-based CS courses with the support of the programs listed below or other federal initiatives, it is important to highlight the value of providing CS as a supplement to existing STEM courses, not as a replacement. Though CS and engineering skills are beneficial to all students, they should not replace the necessary, core science and math courses that are equally essential to success.

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