COLUMBUS—State Representative Laura Lanese (R-Grove City) announced this week that the Ohio House has passed legislation that would add computer science as an option in the state curriculum for high school. In collaboration with national and statewide computer science organizations and the support of a wide array of Ohio’s businesses, House Bill 170 will embolden the future workforce of the state.
House Bill 170, sponsored by Reps. Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township) and Mike Duffey (R-Worthington), would require the State Board of Education to adopt academic content standards and model curriculum for computer science. Schools would not be mandated to adopt the standards. Under the bill, students may elect to take a computer science course in lieu of Algebra II, most science courses, and as an elective in high school.
“As our society grows more and more dependent on technology, it is paramount that our children have the option to receive a proper computer science education,” said Rep. Lanese. “These skills will not only help the next generation succeed, but will also keep the state of Ohio relevant and competitive in a technologically dominant world.”
The bill also provides opportunities for teachers who currently hold a valid teaching license or an endorsement in computer technology to teach computer science courses. In addition, schools would be able to create a “Technology and Computer Science” matching fund to be used for professional development.
House Bill 170, a part of the Buckeye Pathway policy agenda, now awaits further deliberation in the Ohio Senate.