Senate OKs bill to bolster computer science in schools

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bill aimed at carving out a bigger role for computer programming in Kentucky’s public schools has won approval from the state Senate.

Senate President Pro Tem David Givens took a different approach with his latest bill on the subject. The measure passed the Senate on a 33-0 vote Friday and now goes to the House.

Givens dropped his push to have computer programming classes count toward fulfilling foreign-language requirements in public schools.

His latest bill tries to increase the number of computer science teachers and calls on local and state education officials to beef up network capacities at schools.

The bill would allow adjunct computer science instructors to be certified. It also calls on state education officials to start teacher academies to foster professional development among computer science instructors.

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