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Trump to Create $200M Grant Program for Computer Education

Trump to Create $200M Grant Program for Computer Education”

A list of private companies who will join with the Trump Administration on building computer education programs will be released Tuesday when Ivanka travels to Detroit for a technology event.

President Donald Trump wants the nation's schools to emphasize computer science education to help students prepare for jobs of the future.

The effort, which will include a "substantial pledge" from the private sector in an announcement coming Tuesday, was spearheaded by Ivanka Trump, a senior adviser to the President.

The President signed the memorandum in the Oval Office Monday afternoon, surrounded by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, lawmakers, his daughter, and a diverse group of students.

She says she'll also make a school visit on Wednesday to discuss the importance of science, technology, engineering and math education.

-Establish high-quality STEM education, with a particular focus on Computer Science, as one of the Department of Education's priorities.

"As a country we want to embrace innovation, but we need to plan for it", she said.

Trump interrupted his remarks to question the children about whether they were working hard in school, saying that although a $200 million-a-year grant program may seem like "big bucks", it is actually "peanuts, peanuts", according to a pool report.

"The reality of the modern workforce is that technology is innovating and disrupting every industry". STEM education involves specific disciplines taught together in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.

The Department of Education will prioritize programs that can reach young girls and minority students who are often underrepresented in STEM fields. The effort represents a rare victory for the tech sector with this administration-prioritizing coding in public school curricula has always been a focus for Apple CEO Tim Cook and Microsoft president Brad Smith, among others-amid Silicon Valley's public criticism of the Trump's administration's recent move to end the DACA program, the travel ban, and the president's statements on the Charlottesville violence.

The real estate businesswoman turned entrepreneur turned White House aide has a West Wing portfolio that includes women's economic empowerment, combating human trafficking, paid family leave, a childcare tax credit, workforce development and promoting STEM education, among other initiatives.



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