TOPEKA (KSNT) – There could be more computer science classes in school districts across Kansas.
House chairman Steve Huebert, R-Valley Center, announced that he will introduce a bill that would offer school districts up to $ 1 million to expand computer science programs across the state.
“This legislation will guide Kansas educators towards the short-term goal of providing computer science classes in every school district and the long-term goal of requiring computer science courses for high school graduation.”
Rep. Steve Huebert, R-Valley Center
Huebert stated that while 75% of urban school districts offer computer science classes to students, rural areas “lag far behind”.
In school districts like Topeka Public Schools, specialized computer science programs have helped improve the digital literacy of hundreds of students.
Lecturers like Meshach McKnight, who teaches at TCALC, the Topeka Center for Advanced Learning and Careers, said computer science courses provide students with much-needed skills, especially in the digital age.
“When we talk about computer science, we are talking about ideas and solutions that transcend intercultural, international barriers and borders,” said McKnight.
The proposed Republican legislature program would be used for school districts and Kansas colleges to train more people for the classroom.
Gail Ramirez, who trains computer science class teachers at the Bishop Professional Development Center in Topeka, said the extra money could go a long way in launching new programs and preparing students for the future.
“Work ethic, problem-solving problem-solving… all of these are things that employers say that children are not trained well enough when they go into the labor market. Money is always a big deal to offer more courses because you have to pay teachers and buy all of the course materials to be successful. “