TOPEKA-Governor Laura Kelly recently signed a multi-state agreement to expand computer science education in K-12 schools. The agreement, led by the National Governors Association, came after Gov. Kelly passed bipartisan House Bill 2466 in May to improve computer science education, provide training for current and aspiring computer science teachers, and create a pilot program to help students make their 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 teachers and expanding computer science courses will help keep Kansas competitive in attracting business and growing our economy.”
Each year, the Chair of the National Governors Association is tasked with developing an initiative that addresses critical issues affecting Americans in each state. This year, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson’s initiative focuses on increasing enrollment in computer science programs and adapting education to business and industry needs. Gov. Kelly joined a bipartisan group of more than 25 governors who formally signed the Chair’s initiative. The text of the agreement will be unveiled at the National Governors Association meeting next week.
“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. “Gob. Kelly’s commitment to sign 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 happy to have Kansas as a partner in this important mission. ”
The compact encourages state-level action with the goal of increasing the number of high schools offering computer science courses, allocating state funding to K-12 computer science education, creating pathways to success. careers in computer sciences or related fields, and ensuring equal access to computer science education for all students.
The HB 2466 implements many compact objectives. Among other things, it has established a pilot program that covers the costs of the credential exam and assists career and technical education students in their transfer of workers. It also adds scholarships for teachers in rural areas and unrepresented socioeconomic groups to get training in computer science education.