Teachers start 25 state petitions to add computer science to grad requirements (VentureBeat Article)

By John Koetsier, VentureBeat

Only 14 states in the U.S. currently permit tough computer science courses to count toward graduation requirements for math and science. Meanwhile, some surveys say that 570,000 jobs are going unfilled in computing — and that the demand for software engineers is four times higher than the national average.

Image Credit: CyberHades

Image Credit: CyberHades

Teachers are working to change that. According to Change.org, there are currently more than 25 petitions around the country to ask state and education officials to “make computer science count” for graduation — and for college admission. One, in California, currently has 5,364 supporters and needs 636 more to reach its goal [now 7,500 supporters with an increased goal of 10,000].
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CSEdWeek: Hour of Code

December 9-15, 2013

As part of Computer Science Education Week (December 9-15, 2013), Code.org has launched a nationwide campaign calling on everyone – including K-12 students, teachers and parents – across the country to join an “Hour of Code.” The Hour of Code campaign aims to introduce computer science to students of all ages by taking them through introductory tutorials that can be completed online, on a smartphone, or even unplugged. The initiative is backed by Microsoft, Google, Apple, Amazon, LinkedIn, facebook, the College Board, Boys & Girls Clubs, and over 100 other partners. ACCESS is working with Code.org to target participation in California.