Sen. Jeff Raatz authors bill for computer science curriculum

State Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond) has authored a bill that would require public and charter schools to offer high school students a computer science course as a one-semester elective at least once each school year.

“In today’s landscape, many employers want individuals with computer science experience. For students who have an interest in computer science, there should be a course that schools offer allowing them to excel in this field,” Raatz said. “This bill has been outlined in the Senate Republicans’ legislative agenda, which means it will be a priority for not only me, but also the Republican caucus.”

SB 172 is outlined in Gov. Holcomb’s Next Level Agenda by establishing the Next Level Computer Science Grant Program and the Next Level Computer Science Fund to award grants in order to implement teacher professional development programs for training in teaching computer science.

SB 172 has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development.