This week, the Hawaii legislature passed a bill that would expand access to computer science across the state.
The legislation would require the Hawaii Department of Education to develop and implement a statewide computer science curriculum plan for K-12 public school students, ensure that each public high school offers at least one computer science course, and provides $500,000 to begin to develop and implement computer science teacher development programs with the Department of Education.
And just yesterday, the Hawaii State Board of Education adopted new statewide standards for computer science education.
Governor David Ige joined the Governors’ Partnership for K-12 Computer Science, stating his support in bringing computer science opportunities to students across Hawaii. In joining the partnership, governors pledge to prioritize computer science education in their states and through introducing computer science education in schools, state leaders are making an investment in their students’ futures. This legislation heads to the Governor’s desk this week where he is expected to sign it.
Way to go, Hawaii!