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Arkansas expands stipend program for computer science teachers

by Betsy Foresman

With the goal of expanding the availability of computer science programs in the state, up to $10,000 will be awarded to computer science teachers.

All high schools in Georgia must teach computer science by 2024

by Colin Wood

Just one out of every two hundred high school students in Georgia takes a computer science course before graduating, but new legislation signed by Gov. Brian Kemp this month aims to change that. The new law, which will become active July 1, mandates a gradual increase in required computer science offerings at high schools throughout the state. At the start of the 2022-2023 school year, at least one high school…

Military would emphasize recruitment for tech skills under Senate AI Caucus leaders’ bill

by Joe Warminsky

The co-founders of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus want the Pentagon to find more recruits with digital engineering and computer science skill sets, while establishing clear career tracks for those personnel. New legislation from Sens. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, would require the undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness to “promote and

How Virginia Tech's innovation campus could transform the technology talent pipeline

by Betsy Foresman

Northern Virginia, like many regions in the U.S., is confronted with a shortage of technology professionals, which the state and Virginia Tech hope to mitigate through a $1.1 billion investment designed to bolster and expand educational opportunities in computer science and other STEM fields, university officials told reporters in a media briefing Wednesday. Although the Washington metro area has the most computer science graduates of any region in North America,…

Governors are putting greater support behind education at every age level

by Ryan Johnston

The 39 governors elected in states and territories last November represent a wave of education reform and prioritization, according to the National Governors Association. Speaking at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, last week, NGA’s lead education policy director, Seth Gerson, described the new class of governors as uniquely education-focused, whether it be on early-childhood education or workforce growth. Education was once an optional campaign platform, like urban…

West Virginia becomes first state to make computer science a graduation requirement

by Betsy Foresman

West Virginia has become the first state to require all public high-school students satisfy a computer science education requirement before graduating. Senate Bill 267 was signed Thursday by Gov. Jim Justice during a ceremonial event held at Cranberry-Prosperity Elementary School in Beckley, West Virginia. The law requires the State Board of Education create and adopt a computer science education plan for each grade level. It also requires the Department of…

Pennsylvania governor spends $9.6 million on computer science training, education

by Colin Wood

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced on Monday an additional $9.6 million in grants to support education technology in K-12 institutions across the state. The funding follows a similar award of $8.7 million in grants announced last month. The new funding, which falls under the governor’s PAsmart initiative, designed to improve STEM education and computer science, will be awarded to 24 educational institutions and community organizations providing science and technology education.…

North Dakota coordinates statewide Hour of Code

by Betsy Foresman

North Dakota became the first state on Friday, it says, to host a simultaneous Hour of Code between K-12 and higher-ed students across the state. The state’s participation in the global event that was first held in 2013 demonstrates one instance of increased attention to computer science education. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said that computer science knowledge will prepare students for tomorrow’s workforce and economy. “Teaching students 21st-century technology skills…