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More computer science classes coming to Kansas schools? Lawmaker leads new push – Wichita, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas 2021-09-14 22:08:59 –

Topeka, Kansas (KSNT) – More computer science classes may be held in school districts throughout Kansas.

Steve Huebert, Chair of House Education at the R-Valley Center, has announced that he will submit a bill that will provide school districts with up to $ 1 million that could help expand computer science programs throughout the state.

“The law guides Kansas educators towards the short-term goal of offering computer science classes in all school districts and the long-term goal of requiring computer science courses for high school graduation. . “

Congressman Steve Hubert, R-Valley Center

Huebert explained that while 75% of urban school districts offer computer science classes to students, rural areas are “significantly behind.”

In school districts like Topika Public Schools, specialized computer science programs help improve the digital literacy of hundreds of students.

Instructor like Meshach McKnight teaching at TCALC, Topeka Center for Advanced Learning and Careers said that computer science courses provide students with coveted skills, especially in the digital age.

“When we talk about computer science languages, we talk about cross-cultural, international barriers and transboundary ideas and solutions,” McKnight said.

The program proposed by Republican lawmakers is used in school districts and the University of Kansas to train more people to teach lessons.

Gale Ramirez, who assists in training teachers to teach computer science courses at Topika’s Bishop Professional Development Center, said the additional funding could greatly help prepare students for the future by launching new programs. Said.

“Work ethic, critical thinking about problem-solving … all of this is what employers say their children aren’t well trained to enter the job market. You have to pay your teachers, Money is always a big issue in introducing more courses, as you have to buy all the course materials to be successful. “

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