“White House officials including Ivanka Trump have begun an outreach campaign to major technology, business and education leaders including Laurene Powell Jobs and Apple’s Tim Cook for advice on shaping funding approaches to science, technology, engineering and math education in U.S. public schools,” Margaret Talev reports for Bloomberg.

“President Donald Trump’s daughter on Wednesday joined Reed Cordish, the president’s special assistant for technology initiatives, on a conference call with politicians, educators and CEOs to discuss STEM education, according to two people with knowledge of the call,” Talev reports.

Other participants “included Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson; Accenture North America’s CEO Julie Sweet, Microsoft President Brad Smith; Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and representatives from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Stanford, MIT and Broward County, Florida, Schools,” Talev reports.

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MacDailyNews Take: Last month, during a meeting about modernizing the United States government, Apple CEO Tim Cook asked President Trump to make coding a requirement in U.S. public schools:

Something I feel very passionate about is that coding should be a requirement in every public school. We have a huge deficit in the school that we need today and skills that are there, and we are trying to do our part, and hopefully more than our part, in doing that, but I think your leadership from government is also needed. — Apple CEO Tim Cook, June 19, 2017

A decade ago, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said a major problem with U.S. public schools is that they’re “unionized in the worst possible way.”

What kind of person could you get to run a small business if you told them that when they came in they couldn’t get rid of people that they thought weren’t any good? Not really great ones because if you’re really smart you go, ‘I can’t win.’ I believe that what is wrong with our schools in this nation is that they have become unionized in the worst possible way. This unionization and lifetime employment of K-12 teachers is off-the-charts crazy.Apple CEO Steve Jobs, February 16, 2007

Unfortunately, that problem persists today.

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