A nationwide push for a more inclusive computer science workforce is taking hold in Oklahoma.
Educators, lawmakers and nonprofits are advocating for expanded access in the state to classes that teach computing systems and programming.
Only 37% of public high schools in the state teach any level of computer science, placing Oklahoma in the bottom 10 in the nation, according to the 2020 State of Computer Science Education report.
“We’re finding that we just do not have widespread access to the subject of computer science,” Rep. Rhonda Baker said. “We’ve got to make sure we’re offering a more robust academic choice to our students, and it’s going to have to be statewide.”
Baker, R-Yukon, co-wrote Senate Bill 252 to require all public and charter high schools to offer a computer science course by the 2024-25 school year. Gov. Kevin Stitt signed the bill into law this month.
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