Senator Witkos Receives Computer Science Leadership Award

Press release from the Office of Senator Kevin Witkos:

Oct. 11, 2020

State Senator Kevin Witkos (R-Canton) is honored to announce that he has recently received a Leadership Award from the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and ReadyCT for his work in supporting computer science education in Connecticut. The award was recently presented during the CSTA & ReadyCT Virtual Summit held on October 2nd.

“I am honored to have received this award and I’m so proud of the efforts we’ve made over the past few years in ensuring computer science becomes part of the curriculum for students across Connecticut and that our teachers recognize the importance of this field. With many industries and sectors of our economy becoming more technological and digital, computer science skills are more important than ever. I’m proud of the bipartisan work that went into passing this legislation and so thankful for the work of CSTA, ReadyCT, Code.Org, and all of the hard working educators and computer science advocates across Connecticut” said Senator Witkos.

“Last year I had the chance to visit with the Girls Who Code group at Avon High School and was extremely impressed by the passion that the students and their teachers share for coding. Coding is something that students of all ages can excel at and I’m excited for the future of computer science and coding in our schools” added Senator Witkos.

In 2019, Senator Witkos introduced a bill which ultimately became part of Public Act 19-128 An Act Concerning Computer Science Instruction in Public Schools.

Among other things, the bill does the following:

1. allows the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) to develop a model internship program for technology and advanced manufacturing (§ 7);

2. adds computer science to the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission’s (CETC) statewide plan regarding

U.S. should try to delay IPO of China’s Ant Group, Senator Rubio says

By Alexandra Alper

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Marco Rubio, who has successfully urged the Trump administration to pursue investigations of Chinese companies, called on Friday for the U.S. government to consider options to delay an initial public offering of China’s Ant Group, the fintech arm of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

“It’s outrageous that Wall Street is rewarding the Chinese Communist Party’s blatant crackdown on Hong Kong’s freedom and autonomy by orchestrating Ant Group’s IPO on the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchanges,” Rubio, a Republican, said in a statement to Reuters.

“The Administration should take a serious look at the options available to delay Ant Group’s IPO,” he added.

The Hong Kong leg of the IPO, part of a dual listing in Shanghai and Hong Kong, is being sponsored by China International Capital Corp, Citigroup, JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley. Credit Suisse is working as a joint global coordinator. Goldman Sachs is also involved.

Ant declined to comment on Rubio’s remarks, but said its business was primarily in China and it is excited about growth prospects there.

It was not immediately clear how the U.S. government could postpone the listing of a Chinese company abroad. But Rubio’s remarks are a sign of growing pressure among China hardliners in Congress, within the administration and elsewhere, for President Donald Trump to sanction Ant before it lists later this month.

Some fear the offering, worth up to $30 billion, could expose scores of U.S. investors to fraud. Others fear it could give the Chinese government access to sensitive banking data belonging to U.S. citizens.

“These digital payment systems are the source of well-founded national security concerns, and the Trump administration should move to protect American users’ sensitive financial data as quickly as possible,” Republican Representative Jim Banks said in a statement when asked whether