New York state makes largest investment in K-12 computer science

Over the weekend, New York state passed their 2019 budget filled with record funding for education. Among the budget’s highlights is a $6 million a year for computer science — a $30 million total commitment. This makes it the largest committed investment in computer science to date.

The funds fulfill Governor Cuomo’s proposed commitment of $6 million a year for the “Smart Start” program which will deliver computer science education to schools across the state by preparing teachers with the support and resources they need.

“To keep New York at the forefront of innovation, we must level the playing field for young women and provide them with the tools for success,” Governor Cuomo said. “By expanding access to computer science education, we will close the gender gap and position the next generation of young New Yorkers to lead this thriving industry into the future.”

Governor Cuomo has also committed to working with educators and industry partners to create new computer science standards which will establish a foundation for CS curriculum and enable implementation across the state.

New York joins a slew of other states in the last month with announcements in computer science education including Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, and Wyoming.