theodp writes: 'We believe we need a two-pronged approach that will couple long-term improvements in STEM education in the United States with targeted, short-term, high-skilled immigration reforms,' Microsoft argued last fall in its U.S. National Talent Strategy. And supporters of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Fwd.us PAC created, funded, and appeared on Code.org — which lamented the sad state of U.S. CS education and featured a slick documentary showing technically clueless little kids from a Bill Gates-funded charter school — just weeks before launching their pro-techie immigration push this spring. So, as tech billionaires and their lobbyists celebrated Thursday's Senate passage of an immigration bill that now moves on to the House, it probably shouldn't be a surprise that Computing in the Core and Code.org, organizations backed by many of the same players, felt the need to issue a press release Thursday announcing their support of a call by U.S. Representatives Jared Polis and Susan Brooks for legislation first introduced in 2010 to address 'the urgent need for more computer science education in the country’s K-12 classrooms.'
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