House passes Rep. Tobon’s bill which would require all public high school students to demonstrate proficiency in computer science
STATE HOUSE – The House of Representatives tonight passed Rep. Carlos E. Tobon’s (D-Dist. 58, Pawtucket) legislation which would require all public high school students, beginning with the graduating class of 2023, to demonstrate proficiency in computer science.
“It is undisputable that a solid grasp of computer science gives our students a distinct advantage to achieve future success. This education leads to higher paying jobs and increased connection to our constantly changing world. In order to give our students the best chance to succeed as adults, computer science must be viewed as a core aspect of their public education and not just as an elective for those that are already interested in the subject,” said Representative Tobon.
The legislation (2021-H 5517) states that commencing with the graduating class of 2023, and all graduating classes thereafter, all high school students attending public schools, or any other school managed and controlled by the state, will have to demonstrate proficiency in computer science.
The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
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