As a firm founded on disruptive technology, we’re partnering with Code.org to advance and support the creation and distribution of free, online curriculum, tutorials, and teacher training – in an effort to help ensure that every child has access to a computer science education.
In addition, our CEO, Larry Fink, joined industry-leading corporate executives, public officials and education advocates as a signatory of a landmark letter calling on the U.S. Congress to support computer science education nationwide through $250 million in new federal funding.
The call to Congress was initiated by the Computer Science Education Coalition in partnership with Code.org. The Coalition is an advocacy group comprising over two dozen businesses, education groups and nonprofits including Microsoft, Amazon and Google.
In addition to BlackRock, other supporters of the Open Letter included technology luminaries such as Bill Gates, Microsoft founder; Eric Schmidt, Alphabet executive chairman; Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO; Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square, and Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn chairman.
As a technology driven company, BlackRock is proud to stand boldly in support of making computer science education universal across America. We believe that a basic computer science skill set is all but essential to successfully navigate today’s increasingly complex and technologically dependent world. BlackRock highly values advocacy measures that will ensure that children learn these skills in schools across the U.S. – and indeed the world.