STATEHOUSE (Jan. 31, 2018) – A bill co-authored by State Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) to require public and charter schools to offer a computer science course as a one-semester elective course at least once each school year to high school students recently passed the Senate.
Senate Bill 172 would also establish the Next Level Computer Science Grant Program and the Next Level Computer Science Fund to award grants in order to implement teacher professional development programs for training in teaching computer science. The bill passed by a vote of 48 to 1.
“Computer science is essential to a student’s education in our ever-changing world,” Kruse said. “Offering this course will prepare high school students for their future, no matter which field of work they choose to pursue.”
SB 172 will now move to the House of Representatives for further consideration.
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