For Immediate Release: Contact: Randy Pearson
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 (804) 698-1032
Greason’s Computer Science Legislation Passes the Senate
Richmond, VA– This week, Delegate Tag Greason’s (R-Ashburn) House Bill 831 passed the Virginia Senate and will head to the Governor for his signature. This legislation instructs the Board of Education to incorporate critical skills like computational thinking and computer coding into existing SOL curriculum.
“In our rapidly changing economy, there is a tremendous need for additional skilled workers with a background in computer science,” said Greason. He added, “This legislation will allow all of our students to acquire vital skills without taking away from other important areas of their education. House Bill 831 is the product of a collaborative effort on the part of CodeVA, Microsoft, education stakeholders from across the Commonwealth, and several of my colleagues in the General Assembly.”
The original version of House Bill 831 would have allowed students to substitute computer coding for their foreign language requirement. However, Greason amended the bill to incorporate computer science into the current curriculum without adding any additional requirements for students.
“Investments in computer science education grow American innovation,” said Fred Humphries, Corporate Vice President for U.S. Government Affairs at Microsoft. “Virginia has been at the forefront of efforts to make computer science available for all high school students. We applaud the leadership of Delegate Tag Greason to help all Virginia students learn computer science by adding critical skills like computational thinking and computer coding into the existing K-12 standards of learning curriculum.”
House Bill 831 passed the House of Delegates by a vote of 99-0 and passed the Senate by a vote of 38-0.