Saturday, November 12, 2011

'Computer Science Education Act' Seeks More Tech-Savvy Graduates

"We're not getting enough young people involved in this course of study," Sen. Bob Casey, Jr., D-PA, said during a rollout of the Computer Science Education Act at the Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy, a public magnet school in Oakland, Pennsylvania. He was co-sponsor of a bill that he hopes lawmakers will take up as they rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

The bill that Sen. Casey introduced would offer competitive grants to states and schools to beef up their high school computer science offerings. More than 140,000 computer science jobs become available each year, but fewer than 40,000 people graduate each year with bachelor's degrees in the subject, according to the Joint Economic Committee, a U.S. House-Senate committee.


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