- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A computer science committee has recommended to Gov. Terry Branstad’s STEM Advisory Council that Iowa high school students should have to complete computer science coursework to graduate.

The Des Moines Register (https://dmreg.co/1TNcl6F ) reports the STEM Support of Computer Science working group made the recommendation Tuesday. Group co-chairs Mark Gruwell and Ann Watts discussed a list of recommendations to integrate computer science into Iowa schools, including an endorsement to recognize teachers and technology professors qualified to teach courses.

The STEM council will have to vote on the recommendations before they can be presented to the governor’s office. STEM Council’s executive director Jeff Weld said the group will vote in September. A change would need legislative approval.

The governor’s STEM Advisory Council focuses on developing initiatives around science, technology, engineering and math education.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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