Grantham Bill to Prioritize 21st Century Classrooms Gets Bipartisan Approval

DENVER -- Today, the Senate Education Committee passed President Kevin J. Grantham's (R-Canon City) proposal to ensure Colorado kids are receiving a 21st century education on a unanimous vote.

House Bill 17-1184 prioritizes educational technology in Colorado classrooms and focuses on incorporating new and emerging technologies into our state's schools.

HB 1184 creates a resource ban available to schools containing materials on computer science classes, sample curricula, and materials for professional educator development. 

9 in 10 parents want their student to take computer science courses, yet only 1 in 4 schools teach computer programming. 

"We want all our kids to be equipped with the tools they need to compete in a 21st century job market," said Grantham. "Times have changed. The old adage is no longer true, our kids do have calculators in the 'real world.' Now it's not only our duty to ensure that they learn the fundamentals for reading, writing and arithmetic, we must also guarantee they have a working knowledge of computer science, coding, and information technologies. Colorado has over 13,517 open computing jobs. But there were only 668 computer science graduates in the entire state in 2014. We want our kids to be the best applicants to fill those jobs, and we're going to help prepare them for a bright future."

HB 1184 now continues on to a vote of the Committee of the Whole. 

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