Iowa expands access to prepare more computer science teachers

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On the last day of their legislative session, the Iowa legislature passed their budget which would expand access to computer science professional learning for teachers across the state.

The budget creates a Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund — which has received $1,000,000 in overall funding — from which would reimburse school districts and teachers for computer science professional development programs.

Last Friday, on the heels of the budget passing, the State Board of Education adopted K-12 computer science standards to provide guidance to schools and districts.

These milestones build upon the groundwork laid over the past few years, including recommendations made by the Computer Science Education Task Force and a goal set by the legislature last year for all schools to offer computer science.

Way to go, Iowa!® is dedicated to expanding access to computer science increasing participation by young women and students from other underrepresented groups.

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