Computing Research Policy Blog

The Computing Research Association (or CRA) has been involved in shaping public policy of relevance to computing research for more than two decades. More recently the CRA Government Affairs program has enhanced its efforts to help the members of the computing research community contribute to the public debate knowledgeably and effectively.

Computer Science Education Act Introduced in House

Computer science education (and the computing community as a whole) achieved an important milestone yesterday with the introduction of the Computer Science Education Act (CSEA) in the House. CSEA would add computer science to the core academic subjects taught in K – 12 and specify that federal funding can be spent on computer science education. The Computing in the Core (CinC) coalition, of which CRA is a member, has been working on this legislation for several years.

The lead co-sponsors for CSEA are Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO). Nine other members from both parties also sponsored the bill at the time of its introduction.

While the bipartisan introduction was in and of itself an important accomplishment, it is just the first step. The CinC coalition is requesting support for the legislation in the form of emails to personal offices. All the details are available here along with sample text for contacting your Representative.

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