As quoted in:
Schwartz, Sarah. “Questions Linger Over Companies’ $300 Million Computer Science Pledge.” Education Week. 12 October 2017.
Doug Levin, the founder and CEO of consulting firm EdTech Strategies, said that the lack of information raises concerns about effective implementation.
Levin was executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association during the rollout of ConnectED, the Obama administration’s initiative to bring high-speed broadband internet and educational technology to schools. ConnectED also featured significant corporate partnerships from companies that included Apple, Microsoft, Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon.
In contrast to private-sector ConnectED partnerships—some of which were made by the same companies now pledging commitments—most of these funding promises were not accompanied by information about what the money will be used for and how students will be able to access it, said Levin.
“There was plenty of time for each of these companies to have laid out in some detail what it is that they are proposing,” he said, in an interview.
But Levin maintains that there is a difference between money awarded to nonprofits and money granted directly to schools. It’s not a given that nonprofit programming will be free for schools or students, he said, and it may be harder for rural schools to benefit from the money, as many out-of-school time computer science programs are not based in rural areas.