On Thursday, the Indiana legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill that would ensure every school in the state offers computer science and would fund professional learning for teachers.
The bill next moves to Governor Eric Holcomb who is expected to sign the bill into law.
Gov. Holcomb has been a fervent supporter of computer science and made his commitment to computer science official in his January State of the State address.
About the passage of SEA 172, Gov. Holcomb said, “We know that computer science skills are in high demand for today’s jobs — and they will be critical for future generations. That’s why this bill is so important. Making sure every Indiana school offers computer science aligns our workforce need with educational opportunities.”
The legislation would require every school to include computer science education for students from Kindergarten through 12th grade, beginning in the 2021–22 school year.
Technology has become an integral part of our lives and economy, and it is crucial that computer science is taught as foundational learning in our K-12 education system. No matter a student’s path, we need to give every student the tools they need to succeed in the 21st-century.