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Kentucky Senator Drops Proposal to Count Computer Programming as Foreign Language in High School

Sen. David Givens rewrote Senate Bill 16, which now provides support for computer programming including better-certified, higher-quality teachers.

by Valarie Honeycutt Spears, Lexington Herald-Leader / February 13, 2015

(TNS) -- Legislation by Kentucky Sen. David Givens on computer programming no longer proposes that the subject be credited as a foreign language credit in high school.

Givens, R-Greensburg, said Thursday the bill was perceived as a threat to foreign languages, and that wasn't his intent.

Givens told the Senate Education Committee that after hearing from a computer programming instructor, he rewrote Senate Bill 16, which now provides support for computer programming including better-certified, higher-quality teachers. The panel approved that bill unanimously, and it will go to the full Senate.

Givens said he wants to give the Kentucky Department of Education a charge to count computer programming as a core science credit. It currently counts as a core math credit and an elective science credit, he said.

©2015 the Lexington Herald-Leader (Lexington, Ky.)

 

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