COLUMBUS—State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) has announced that the Ohio House has passed legislation that would add computer science as an option in the state curriculum for high school. In collaboration with national and statewide computer science organizations and the support of a wide array of Ohio’s businesses. House Bill 170 will embolden the future workforce of the state.


House Bill 170 would require the State Board of Education to adopt academic content standards and model curriculum for computer science. Schools would have the option to adopt the standards. Under the bill, students may elect to take a computer science course in lieu of Algebra II or most science courses as electives in high school.


“With the explosive growth of technology as a source of employment in Ohio, it is imperative that our schools present students the option of computer science classes geared towards future industries,” said Rep. Anielski.


The bill also provides opportunities for teachers who currently hold a valid teaching license or an endorsement in computer technology to teach computer science courses. In addition, schools would be able to create a “Technology and Computer Science” matching fund to be used for professional development.


House Bill 170 now awaits further deliberation in the Ohio Senate

 
 
 
  
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