Governor Pushes for More Emphasis on Computer Programming in Georgia


From The Atlanta Journal
August 26, 2014
BY GREG BLUESTEIN AND JANEL DAVIS, MCCLATCHY NEWS SERVICE

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Gov. Nathan Deal pledged a retooling of Georgia’s education system on Monday that would better prepare Georgia students for computer programming courses as high-paying jobs increasingly demand highly technical skills.

The governor’s policy proposal would allow students who take computer programming courses to get core credit for their high school diplomas and toward higher education applications. Most of those courses now are considered electives in Georgia high schools.

Deal, who outlined the plan in a sparkling new Georgia Tech computing center, said recruiters have heard a common refrain from firms looking to move or expand their business here: “They need more computer programmers and software developers, and they need to begin teaching students before they head to college.”
The proposal comes less than three months before voters head to the polls to decide whether…

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