Pennsylvania just committed $20 million to increase opportunities in computer science. In the recently enacted budget, Governor Tom Wolf and the General Assembly supported new state funding for computer science education and related professional development.
The $30 million PAsmart initiative will provide $20 million in competitive grants to support new and expanded K-12 computer science and STEM programs, including training and professional development for teachers, and will focus on addressing access and outcomes gaps for historically underserved students, including students of color, girls, English Learners, students with disabilities, and low-income students.
Bringing more computer science opportunities to Pennsylvania students is a key initiative of Governor Wolf. “Throughout my term, I have fought hard to invest in education and job training so children and workers have the skills to succeed and strengthen our economy,” said Governor Wolf. “Earlier this year, the State Board of Education acted on my recommendation to establish standards for computer science education. Combined with this new investment in computer science with PAsmart, Pennsylvania will have a leading role in preparing students for emerging high-demand jobs today in the future and I commend Code.org for helping to make it happen.”
Governor Wolf is furthering his commitment to strengthening access to computer science education as a member of the Governor’s Partnership for K12 CS — a group of bi-partisan state leaders committed to advancing policy and funding to expand access to, and increase equity in, K-12 computer science education.
Way to go, Pennsylvania!