HB 1813 creates the Computer Science and Education Grant program, which funds grants to help educators who want to pursue professional development in computer science, outreach to students to inspire their interest in computer science, and assistance for school districts to pay for technology to teach computer science courses. The bill also adopts high-quality statewide computer science teaching standards and directs the creation of a computer science endorsement for educators interested in teaching computer science.
A subsequent bill being prepared by Reps. Hansen and Magendanz will address the expansion of higher education opportunities in computer science.
Reps. Hansen and Magendanz have devoted a huge amount of effort over the past year to understanding Washington State’s workforce gaps and exploring means to address them. Hopefully their proposals – which are visionary, intelligent, data-driven, and hard-nosed – will largely survive the sausage-making process that lies ahead.
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