As the City works to establish and implement the various initiatives tied to the DOE’s ambitious Equity & Excellence for All reforms, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña have announced that private donors have now donated over $20 million to help fund the City’s Computer Science for All (CS4All) initiative.
This funding, which helps support the DOE’s goal of providing all City public school students with computer science instruction by 2025, regardless of school or grade level, represents about half of the $40 million that will be needed from private donors to fund this initiative. Once we reach our $40 million goal, another $40 million in matching public funding will be allocated towards CS4All.
Currently, 246 elementary, middle, and high schools across the City are already participating in CS4All, and more than 450 teachers are receiving rigorous training so that they may eventually bring computer science instruction to their own schools. By the time CS4All is completely implemented across all City schools in 2025, New York City will be the largest school district in the United States to provide computer science education to all students, including populations that are traditionally underrepresented in tech, such as girls, black and Latino students, and students from low-income families.
“Computer Science for All is a cornerstone of equity and excellence in our public schools – these are the skills our students need to be successful in high school, college, and in the careers of the 21st Century. This isn’t just for particular students from particular backgrounds; learning how to think critically and computationally, and how to create with technology, must be for all students. I thank our private partners for recognizing the importance of this initiative with their investments,” said Chancellor Fariña during the funding announcement.
For more information about CS4All and the other Equity & Excellence for All reforms, visit our website.