This morning, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed landmark legislation that will make rigorous computer science coursework available to students statewide and create a pipeline of educators equipped to teach these 21st century skills.
The Governor signed SB 108, a priority this session for Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, in a ceremony at Cobb County’s Wheeler High School, whose STEM program was recently ranked No. 2 in the nation by Study.com.
Together with $1 million in the 2019-20 budget, the new law will directly benefit students interested in pursuing careers in computer science, while helping those considering jobs in other fields learn logical thinking skills that are valuable in any profession. SB 108 was sponsored by Senate Education Chair P.K. Martin and carried in the House by Rep. Todd Jones.
“We commend Governor Kemp, Lieutenant Governor Duncan, Chair Martin and Rep. Jones for their leadership in preparing today’s students for the 21st century workforce. We also thank our coalition partners at Code.org, the College Board, GeorgiaCAN, the Georgia Chamber, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the National Math + Science Initiative, Project Lead the Way and TAG-Ed for their hard work in making today a reality.”
Ryan Mahoney, Senior Legislative Director for ExcelinEd in Action