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Wanted: A few (hundred) good computer science teachers

from Crosscut

Here's something to wrap your brain around: Washington state, one of the nation's foremost tech hubs, has historically only offered computer science as an elective in public schools — if it's offered at all. Currently, only one in 10 schools in the state offers courses that teach kids advanced computer science skills. The tides may be turning, however. Attention to computer science education has increased lately, due in part to the overwhelming skills gap between Washington's university graduates and available jobs in the tech industry. Lawmakers are realizing that, in order to remedy this problem, schools need to give all kids an equal shot at learning STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills. more


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