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.
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].