Weekly NewsBrief 7/1-7/7
As California seeks to add more computer science courses, teachers are answering the call – By Sydney Johnson, EdSource
As California pushes to increase access to computer science education for K-12 students, schools across the state this summer are preparing to ramp up course offerings and equip teachers to lead computer science courses.
Many teachers and administrators steering those efforts gathered in June at the Summer of CS, a week-long program led by the Sacramento County Office of Education and Computer Science for California, or CSforCA, a campaign that promotes access to computer science education in California.
The event brings together about 100 California teachers from elementary through high school from around the state. The goals are to prepare them to teach a computer science class or lessons when school starts this fall and to expand access to computer science for all student groups.
Increasing access to computer science courses has become a priority in California. Advocates say it is crucial to building a robust and diverse tech economy and that it will provide students with an understanding of computers and the internet, which could be applicable in many fields.
Financial literacy could become graduation requirement – By Eric Wildstein, The Gaston Gazette
A personal finance course could soon become a graduation requirement for North Carolina high school students.
The North Carolina Senate and House have ratified legislation that would require all high school students to take and receive a passing grade in a full-credit course focused solely on economics and personal finance.
According to the legislation, House Bill 924, the course “shall provide instruction on economic principles and shall provide personal financial literacy instruction” that includes, at minimum, the following:
• The true cost of credit.
• Choosing and managing a credit card.
• Borrowing money for an automobile or other large purchase.
• Home mortgages.
• Credit scoring and credit reports.
• Planning and paying for postsecondary education, and other relevant financial literacy issues.
Additionally, public school districts would be responsible for providing specific professional development to teachers of the course.