A large majority of Silicon Valley executives have been very vocal against President Donald Trump’s stand on immigration and climate change. An emerging report now claims that the Trump administration has approached several top-level executives like Apple CEO Tim Cook for advice on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education.
The administration apparently wants counsel on “shaping funding approaches” for American public schools. It is said that Laurene Powell Jobs, a businesswoman, founder of the Emerson Collective and wife of the Late Steve Jobs, was also approached by the Trump administration for advice on the matter.
Other leading names like Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson, Accenture North America CEO Julie Sweet, Microsoft President Brad Smith, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, and representatives from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Stanford, MIT, and schools from Broward County, Florida were also part of the discussions.
Ivanka Trump, a key member of the Trump administration, along with Reed Cordish, the President’s special assistant for tech initiatives were involved in a conference call with these executives that lasted one hour, discussing the future of the public school system.
As per Bloomberg’s report, this is only part of the discussions that are taking place right now, with more executives expected to be involved in the days to come. However, one of the people involved in the call apparently said that the administration has no proper timeline or funding details for this project as of yet.