Computer Science education being added in Virginia schools

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RICHMOND (WSLS 10) -   Computer Science education will be added into K-12 classrooms. Virginia is one of the first states to add this kind of education.

The bill, delivered by a robot and signed by Governor Terry McAuliffe, adds computer science into math and science Standards of Learning.  Now it goes to the Virginia Board of Education, who will make decisions about what will be added with input from teachers, parents, non-profits, like CODE VA, and businesses.

McAuliffe said with this bill, more schools will be encouraged to teach computer science and coding. A ceremonial bill signing took place at Franklin Military Academy on Monday, the Richmond-area school promotes robotics coursework.

The governor's office says the only other state that has done something similar is Arkansas.

"Our students have to learn these computer-adaptive computer science courses, because these are the high-paying jobs that exist in Virginia today," said McAuliffe.

The governor also said there are 30,000 job postings in Virginia for technology positions and 17,000 of them involve with cyber security.

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