Backed by bipartisan support, the Alabama House approved legislation that will ensure every student in Alabama has access to computer science curriculum by the 2020-2021 school year. The bill also establishes pathways for computer science teacher certifications. HB 216, sponsored by Rep. David Faulkner, builds on Governor Kay Ivey’s commitment over the last year to seeing this through.
“All students deserve access to computer science courses in K-12 that will equip them with the skills and knowledge needed for Alabama’s high-growth, high-paying jobs. ExcelinEd in Action appreciates the many supporters of this legislation, including Governor Kay Ivey, Rep. David Faulkner, Rep. Terri Collins, Code.org, College Board and A+ Education Partnership.”
Nathan Hoffman, Regional Legislative Director, ExcelinEd in Action
Computing is a foundational skill for K-12 students. It develops students’ computational and critical thinking and teaches them how to create — not just use — new technologies. Computer science is driving job growth and innovation in Alabama and throughout the United States. More than half of projected jobs in STEM fields are in computing occupations, and computer science is one of the most desirable degrees for new college graduates.
The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
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