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San Jose CEO Agrees With Newsom, ‘Invest in K-12 Information Technology’

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A teacher reads a story to kindergarten students. (John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images)

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Betsy Gebhart
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SAN JOSE (KCBS)— Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled his plan to revitalize the state economy on Friday. The plan which involves improving California’s education system has one San Jose tech CEO agreeing that K-12 schools need greater access to information technology in order to remain competitive with other countries already making investments.

KCBS’ Betsy Gebhart Reports:

According to the lieutenant governor’s report, thousands of jobs are going unfilled in California because the state remains unable to educate a workforce skilled enough for the next economy.

Tarkan Maner, CEO of Wyse Technology, a cloud computing company, agrees wholeheartedly with Newsom’s report. He said California’s university system is doing a good job, but that public K-12 education is failing.

“We try. We put a lot of postings up with certain skill sets and we cannot find local people. We end up with a lot of students coming from outside,” said Maner.

In a Friday morning panel discussion alongside Newsom and San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, Maner added that countries like Brazil and China are spending government money to train students on the internet.

Wyse specializes in information technology and Maner has added over 100 positions to his 400 job workforce.

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