US House Passes Bill to Help Computer Science Education
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 19 July 2013 – Computing in the Core announced that the US House of Representatives today passed HR 5, the Student Success Act, by a vote of 221-207. The bill would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and includes some provisions helpful to computer science education and educators, thanks to the approval of an amendment from Representative Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Representative Jared Polis (D-CO).
Their proposal changes some provisions of HR 5 to clarify that computer science educators should be supported by the bill's professional development initiatives. You can see the debate of the amendment, as well as a reference to Computing in the Core and the compelling statistics around the need for more K-12 computer science education here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9XenrSbXmA.
Computer science education advocates are encouraged that the discipline provided a moment of bipartisan support during the debate, with the amendment winning broad support from the House of Representatives. While the ESEA reauthorization process moves forward, computer science education advocates will be pursuing multiple strategies and opportunities to elevate the profile of the most important discipline of the 21st Century.
Computing in the Core (CinC), of which IEEE Computer Society is a member, is a non-partisan advocacy coalition of associations, corporations, scientific societies, and other non-profits that strive to elevate computer science education to a core academic subject in K-12 education, giving young people the college- and career-readiness knowledge and skills necessary in a technology-focused society. CinC encourages awareness building activities, policy changes and research at national, state, and local levels to build a strong foundation for the future of computer science instruction. It will engage federal and state policy makers, educators, the public, and the media to meet these goals.
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