Among those pledging their support are Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook COO (and bestselling author) Sheryl Sandberg, Bill and Melinda Gates, IAC Chairman Barry Diller, Walmart CEO Doug McMillion. The tech names are joined by California Governor Jerry Brown, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, and 26 other state governors, evenly split across party lines. The educators on board include Oakland schools Superintendent Antwan Wilson, NYC Department of Education Chancellor Carmen Fariña, and NAACP President and CEO Cornell Brooks, among others.
"The breadth of support shows that computer science isn't just a tech problem anymore, it's an America problem," Code.org founder Hadi Partovi explained to TechCrunch.
"And it's not just a Democrat issue, it's the most bipartisan issue in the U.S."Earlier this year, President Obama also hoped to reignite the country's "spirit of innovation," calling for $4 billion to improve computer science curriculums in every K-12 school across the country. Meanwhile, Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Microsoft and Google have also pledged a combined $48 million for coding education across America.