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Local State Senator Wants Schools To Offer Computer Science Class

Posted On January 11, 2018

By Mike Perleberg

State Sen. Jeff Raatz

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Local State Senator Jeff Raatz has introduced a bill that could require Indiana high schools to offer computer science classes.

During his State of the State address Tuesday, Governor Eric Holcomb made specific mention of the proposal, which he believes can play a part in addressing Indiana’s needs for a skilled workforce.

Raatz (R-Centerville), whose district includes parts of Dearborn and Franklin counties, says Senate Bill 172 would require both public and charter high schools to offer computer science as a one-semester elective course at least once per 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 has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development.

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