TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Governor Laura Kelly has entered into a multi -state agreement to promote computer science and expand education in the field.
On Thursday morning, July 7, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly said she signed a multi-state agreement expanding computer science education in K-12 schools. The agreement, led by the National Governors Association, follows its signature on bipartisan House Bill 2466 in May.
HB 2466 promotes computer science education, provides training for current and aspiring computer science education, provides training for current and aspiring computer science teachers, and creates a pilot program to helping students transition into the workforce.
“Promoting K-12 computer science education is another way my Administration is working to prepare our students for the future,” Gov. Kelly. “Participating in this compact, training our faculty, and expanding computer science courses will help keep Kansas competitive in attracting business and growing our economy.”
Each year, Kelly said the Chair of the National Governors Association aims to create an initiative that addresses important issues that affect every community. In 2022, he said the initiative of Arkansas Gov. Where Hutchinson promotes increasing enrollment in computer science programs and aligns education with business and industry needs.
Kelly said he joined a bipartisan group with more than 25 governors formally signing the initiative. He said the text of the agreement would be announced by the National Governors Association in the week of July 11.
“One of the most influential choices I made during my time as Governor was the decision to make K-12 computer science education a top state priority,” said Arkansas Governor and NGA Chair Asa Hutchinson. “Governor Kelly’s commitment to signing the Computer Science Education Compact will ensure that Kansas actively prepares the next generation to enter a 21st Century workforce that is primarily technology -based. I am delighted to have Kansas as a partner in this. important mission. ”
The Governor indicated that the compact encourages state-level action meant to increase the number of high schools offering computer science courses, allocate state funds to K-12 computer science education, create path to successful careers in the field, and ensure equal access to computer science education.
Kelly said the HB 2466 fulfills many of the purposes of the compact already. Among other things, he said the bill establishes a pilot program that covers credential exam costs and assists career and technical education students in their transfer of workers. He also said it is adding scholars for teachers in rural areas and under -represented socioeconomic groups to be trained in computer science education.
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