Washington: Satya Nadella will have a front row seat for President Obama’s last State of the Union address on Tuesday. The White House announced today that the Microsoft CEO will attend the speech as a special guest of the president. He will be the only tech industry figure represented at the event. Other guests include an Air Force sergeant who subdued an armed gunman on a Paris-bound train in August, a Syrian refugee, and a seat left empty to commemorate the American victims of gun violence.
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In its announcement, the White House highlighted Microsoft’s work with Teach.org and the company’s recent effort to expand computer science education, announced in September, which will distribute $75 million to a series of non-profits over the next three years. At the time, Nadella described the project as an effort to integrate computer science into the K-12 curriculum, making sure it was “taught in our schools like biology or like chemistry.” The announcement also highlighted Microsoft’s recently expanded parental leave policies, which have become a focus across the industry in recent years.