CHICAGO – In an effort to keep education in Illinois on track with new trends in technology, state Rep. Jaime Andrade, D-Chicago, introduced a proposal creating a task force to study and improve access to computer science education for Illinois students.
“As a father of two, I want to make sure that all children are receiving an education that will prepare them for a marketplace becoming more and more dependent on technology,” Andrade said. “My proposal will put the state on a path toward making computer science education available to all students.”
According to code.org, a non-profit working to broaden access to computer science, more than nine in ten parents want computer science taught at their child’s school, yet only a quarter of high schools in Illinois offer a course in computer science.
Andrade’s legislation, House Bill 5720, will bring together the expertise of tech industry leaders with the innovation of educators and the local knowledge of community members, to develop a statewide curriculum for computer science and make the hope of filling tech jobs a reality.
“With new technology becoming a staple of everyday life, job growth in the tech sector has skyrocketed,” Andrade said. “Students should have opportunities to learn the skills required to embark on rewarding careers in computer science and technology.”
For more information please contact Andrade’s full-time constituent service office at 773-267-2880 or email@example.com.