Computer science education bill becomes law


June 10, 2015

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 Computer science education bill becomes law
Rep. Magendanz co-sponsored bipartisan measure

A bill to expand computer science education in Washington was signed into law today by Gov. Jay Inslee. The bipartisan measure sponsored by Reps. Drew Hansen, D-Bainbridge Island, and Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah, will help prepare students for jobs in the high-tech industry.

HB 1813 was passed with bipartisan support in the House and Senate.

“We have 20,000 open computing jobs in the state right now and yet our state produces only 1,200 computer science graduates each year. Who is going to fill those jobs?,” said Hansen. “We want every student in the state to have the opportunity to learn computer science so they will be ready for high-paying jobs in the state’s technology industry.”

“Seventy percent of job growth is in computer science, yet only ten percent of our high schools offer computer science classes,” noted Magendanz. “We talk a lot about the skills gap, but this is the most significant thing we can do to increase the opportunity for our children, our next generation, our future workforce, to take advantage of these high-wage, most promising jobs.”

A product of nearly two years of bipartisan work, the new law adopts high-quality statewide computer science teaching standards, expands scholarship eligibility for educators interested in pursuing professional development in computer science, and directs the creation of a computer science endorsement for educators interested in teaching computer science.

Hansen and Magendanz have worked for several years on bipartisan solutions to the state’s computer science professional shortage, beginning with the successful passage in 2013 of HB 1472, expanding AP computer science in Washington high schools.

Reps. Magendanz, Muri and others at the computer science education bill-signing

Rep. Magendanz and others at the computer science education bill-signing.

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