- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Senate has given final approval to a bill that would direct all high schools in the state to offer a class in computer science.

The bill passed on a 32-0 vote Thursday and gives Gov. Asa Hutchinson another legislative victory. He had promoted high school computer science courses since early in his gubernatorial campaign last year.

Hutchinson said he was pleased and that he was hopeful Arkansas would be a national leader in computer science education. He said the goal was to produce a workforce that could attract businesses and jobs to Arkansas.

The bill gives districts the option of offering the courses in-person or online. Supporters have said course work could be offered through Virtual Arkansas, a digital delivery system that serves 180 districts in the state.


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