Computer-science education funding approved by state

Computer-science education funding approved by state

Washington state has allocated the funding necessary to begin a computer science education training program in high schools in the state.

The state budget, signed Tuesday night, allocates $2 million for 2016-17 to train high school teachers to teach computer science and set up computer science programs in some schools across the state.

Washington state’s funding is conditional on the funds matched by private donors, which sponsors of the program are confident they will get.

The state’s booming tech industry employed 239,000 workers in 2013, according to the Washington Technology Industry Association. But Washington ranks 46 in the country for participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduate programs, according to Washington STEM, a nonprofit that promotes STEM education.

The $2 million funds HB 1813, a bill the Legislature passed earlier this term that was driven by Code.org, a nonprofit Seattle code-education organization. It was also supported by a large number of tech companies, including Amazon.com, Concur, Zulily and Tableau.

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