New bill boosts computer science education in Kansas classrooms

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – A new bill will boost computer science education in Kansas classrooms with Governor Kelly’s newly inked signature.

On Wednesday, May 10, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly says she signed bipartisan House Bill 2466 which promotes computer science education in schools and provides additional funds to current and future teachers to enable them to train in computer science programs.

HB 2466 includes the creation of a pilot program to cover the costs of credentialing exams and to help career and technical students transition into the workforce.

“By expanding computer science education and creating this bridging program, we can better retain the skilled workforce that Kansas is producing in our K-12 schools,” Governor Kelly said. “Furthermore, it signals to companies looking to start or grow their business that Kansas is the place to do it.”

The bill also provides scholarships for educators from rural areas and underrepresented socioeconomic groups to train in computer science education.

“HB2466 will provide much-needed resources and training for our teachers,” Representative Steve Huebert (R-Valley Center) says. “With this, more courses will be offered, enabling students to gain the computer skills they need to meet the demands of today’s workforce.”

The bill was introduced in the House on January 10 and referred to the Education Committee. It passed the House on March 9 in an emergency final action vote of 115-4.

HB 2466 was then sent to the Senate and referred to its Committee on Education. It passed with amendments in a 27-11 emergency final action vote.

The Senate voted to pass the legislation as amended on April 27 with a vote of 29 to 6. The bill as amended was passed by the House on the same day with a vote of 109 to 10. It was entered and presented to Governor Kelly on May 6.

With Kelly’s signature, the bill will be sent to the secretary of state’s office for printing in the Acts of Session, which are usually released on July 1 and will formally codify the legislation as law.

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