House Passes Rep. Taylor's Computer Science Education Resolution
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed H. Con. Res. 95, a resolution in support of utilizing public-private partnerships to expand computer science education in K-12 classrooms, introduced by Congressman Scott Taylor with the support of Representatives Dan Lipinski (IL-03), Charles Fleischmann (TN-03), and Derek Kilmer (WA-06) as original co-sponsors.
“Sixty percent of American school curriculums do not include computer science education, even though computing jobs are projected to grow at twice the rate of all other jobs. The job landscape in America is rapidly changing and our children are falling behind. We need to equip them with the skills to be competitive in a 21st Century global economy. I am grateful for the support from Representatives Lipinski, Fleischmann, and Kilmer in getting this resolution to the floor and standing with the 90 percent of parents who say they want computer science taught in American classrooms. ”
The FY 18 Labor HHS Appropriations Bill, passed by the House earlier this year, recommends $500,000,000 in Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Grants. The SSAE offers states and school districts increased flexibility to utilize resources on locally-determined priorities to give students access to a well-rounded education. The funding recommendation makes all funds available for the purposes of offering STEM fields, including computer science.