- Associated Press - Monday, January 13, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson is calling for expanded teaching of computer science in Arkansas’ public schools.

Hutchinson on Monday proposed changing state law to allow math or science credit for computer science courses in high school. Hutchinson said he believed changing the law would give schools an incentive to offer the courses and encourage more students to take them.

Hutchinson also called for expanded training of teachers for computer science courses with the goal of teaching of it in every high school in the state within four years.

Hutchinson, a former congressman, is running against Little Rock businessman Curtis Coleman and state Rep. Debra Hobbs for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. Former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross is the only Democrat running for the state’s top office.