Iowa passes bill to bring computer science to every school!

On Friday, Iowa passed a bill to provide all students with access to high quality instruction in computer science.

SF 274 — signed by Governor Branstad on Friday — sets a goal for each high school to offer at least one high-quality computer science course and each middle and elementary school to offer instruction in computer science by July 1, 2019.

The bill will also establish K-12 computer science standards, endorsements for teaching CS, a CS professional development incentive fund, and a workgroup to make recommendations for expanding CS access. Professional development will be funded at $250,000 for 2018–19.

This makes Iowa one of very few states expanding CS access to every school in the state, joining Arkansas, Virginia, and Rhode Island.

We’d like to thank all the partners in the Advocacy Coalition, especially the local champions in Iowa, Governor Branstad, and Lt. Governor Reynolds.

Congrats, Iowa!