TechNet Statement on Committee Passage of Computer Science Bill

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April 10, 2014

TechNet Statement on Committee Passage of Computer Science Bill

California Assembly’s AB 1764 will encourage districts to expand training for STEM jobs 


Washington—TechNet, the bipartisan policy and political network of innovation economy CEOs, today issued the following statement after the California State Assembly Committee on Education unanimously passed AB 1764, a TechNet sponsored bill to encourage California school districts to expand computer science courses:

“The technology field will continue to be one of the fastest growing sectors of our economy, producing good jobs for Californians.  These jobs will require certain skills and a proficiency in the technology of today and tomorrow.  In order for California to remain competitive as a source of talent for the tech sector, it is critical that our students have access to critical computer science education and training.  AB 1764 is a crucial step forward to achieve that goal,” said Andrea Deveau, California Executive Director of TechNet, a sponsor of AB 1764.

AB 1764 allows school districts to award students credit for one mathematics course if they successfully complete one course in computer science approved by the University of California and/or the California State University as a “C” requirement.  Such credit would only be offered in districts where the school district requires more than two courses in mathematics for graduation.

The bill passed the Assembly Committee on Education, led by Assemblymembers Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) and Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) on a 6-0 vote.  It will be heard on the Assembly Floor in the coming weeks.  Read more about the legislation here.

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