Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed a $6.6 billion education budget Monday — the largest budget approved by the Legislature in over a decade — providing nearly a million dollars in funding to expand access to computer science across the state.
This new computer science funding includes $300,000 in professional development for secondary school teachers and $613,907 for middle school teachers totaling $913,907 in funds. Though the final amount allotted is slightly less than the Governor’s original proposal of $1.25 million for professional development, these funds will be instrumental in expanding access to computer science for all students across Alabama.
Governor Ivey joined the Governor’s Partnership for K12 CS in 2017 furthering her commitment to her “Strong Start, Strong Finish” education initiative. “I am excited to lead the efforts to expand access to computer science education for all students in Alabama. We must continue working to provide opportunities so that students can have a running start toward the high-demand jobs of today. We live in a technology-driven world, so I want to ensure our educational system teaches in a technology-driven way.”
Way to go, Alabama!