MOUNT VERNON — Representatives Rick Carfagna and Mike Duffey on Thursday introduced House Bill 170, a piece of legislation which would allow school districts to expand access to technology and computer science education in kindergarten through grade 12.

“The hope for this legislation, which has bipartisan support, is to prepare students for 21st-century careers such as advanced manufacturing which is vital in today’s job climate,” said Carfagna, who has spoken with school superintendents throughout the 68th House District about the issue.

The bill would require the State Board of Education to work with stakeholders across a number of related fields to develop and adopt computer science standards and make it permissible for school districts to implement those standards.

The bill would allow students to use computer science as an alternate graduation credit to Algebra II, or a math, science or elective unit, as long as the teacher has completed “professional development determined appropriate to the school board.”

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