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July 31, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Code.org partners with ACM on computer education push

Six months after its launch, Seattle nonprofit Code.org has partnered with the Association for Computing Machinery to lead the ACM’s educational outreach.

Code.org is merging with an educational coalition that ACM formed in 2010 with the backing of Microsoft, Google, the Computer Science Teachers Association and the National Center for Women and Information Technology. Together they’ll organize the national Computer Science Education Week taking place this year from Dec. 8 to 14.

“Reforming K-12 education to incorporate serious computer science seems vital to producing an informed public that has a deeper appreciation for the power of computing than video games and social networking,” ACM President Vinton Cerf said in the release.

ACM is contributing funding and staff to Code.org, including its public policy director, Cameron Wilson, who is joining Code.org as interim chief operating officer. Code.org now has a staff of 16, including contractors and vendors, according to founder Hadi Partovi, a former Microsoft manager and entrepreneur.

Partovi said the ACM’s Computing in the Core program will operate as a sister organization of Code.org focused on political advocacy. Among its efforts is federal legislation to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to strengthen computer-science education.

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