Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday an initiative to expand computer science and programming-focused classes to schools across the state.
Dubbed the “Computer Science for All” initiative, the plan aims to increase the number of public high schools that offer computer science courses and help prepare students for the “jobs of the future,” Murphy’s office said in a statement.
The budget includes $2 million that would go toward providing high schools grants for advanced computer science courses and to support professional development of teachers, the statement said.
Grant applications are due in late October, and the rollout will begin in January. Preference will be given to Title I schools, those with a higher percentage of low-income families, the statement said.
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“In the 21st-century economy, we must prepare our students with the critical thinking and problem-solving skills they need to think about the world in new and creative ways,” Murphy said in a statement. “Computer Science for All is a game-changer, giving our children the tools they need to learn coding and tackle complex problems in an increasingly technologically connected world.”
Murphy also said Wednesday that New Jersey will join the Governor’s Partnership for K-12 Computer Science, a coalition of governors committed to expanding access to and funding for computer science education.
“The overarching goal of our efforts is to provide opportunity to all students,” Education Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet said in a statement. “In today’s tech-based world, it’s especially crucial that we offer our young minds the skills they need to make them more successful when they enter the global workforce.”