Posted by Jeff Meisner
Editor, Microsoft on the Issues

Today, 20 organizations issued a letter in support of Microsoft’s new National Talent Strategy, which outlines ideas for securing U.S. competitiveness and economic growth through citizenship efforts and strategy related to STEM education, skills training and high-skilled immigration reform.

As you may remember, Microsoft’s Brad Smith launched the initiative at the Brookings Institution event, “Education and Immigration Reform: Reigniting American Competitiveness and Economic Opportunity.” The announcement generated coverage in a wide range of prominent publications, including an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal and articles in The Seattle Times, The Hill, National Journal and Politico.

The link to the letter can be found here (please reference “Coalition Joins Group of NGOs Urging Congress to Take Action on National Talent Crisis”). A full list of supporting organizations can be found below.

1. American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

2. Association for Computing Machinery

3. Campaign for Environmental Literacy

4. Committee for the Advancement of STEM Specialty Schools

5. Complete College America

6. Computer Science Teachers Association

7. Council of Chief State School Officers

8. Council of State Science Supervisors

9. Education Development Center

10. Excelencia in Education

11. Hands on Science Partnership

12. Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities

13. MANA, A National Latina Organization

14. National Alliance of State Science & Mathematics Coalitions

15. National Center for Technological Literacy

16. National Council of La Raza

17. National Council of Teachers in Mathematics

18. National Science Education Leadership Association

19. National Science Teachers’ Association

20. STEM Education Coalition