The recently adopted state budget includes $6 million for professional development for teachers to help implement computer science education.
This funding is the first installment of what Gov. Andrew Cuomo said is an annual five-year commitment to ensure that every elementary, middle and high school across the state provides computer science education by 2025. The money will be awarded to districts through competitive grant process. The initial focus will be on K-8 schools with the highest need.
Cuomo pointed out in a news release that computing occupations make up two-thirds of the project new jobs in the field of science, technology, engineering and math. This is also part of the governor’s effort to increase the number of girls who pursue science careers. Many schools lack the capability to teach computer science.
“We must equip our children with the tools and resources to level the playing field and help ensure every New York student, regardless of their gender, race or zip code, can succeed,” Cuomo said in a news release. “With the nation's largest commitment to computer science education, we will ensure New York's students receive the education and training they need to join the workforce of the future and help continue to move New York forward.”