Kan. effort to improve computer science education signed into law

Gov. Laura Kelly authorized Tuesday a new regulation aimed at promoting laptop science schooling in Kansas educational institutions through courses and scholarships. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Governor also approves election deal

By NOAH TABORDA
Kansas Reflector

TOPEKA — A new law signed Tuesday by Gov. Laura Kelly seeks to encourage pc science education and learning in Kansas schools.

The measure enacts the Advertising and marketing Improvement in Computing Expertise
Act, which involves just about every secondary college to supply at the very least just one computer system
science course beginning in the 2023-24 college yr. Alternatively,
people faculties working underneath a school district can submit a program to the
Condition Board of Instruction describing how the district intends to offer you a
laptop science training course and when they intend to supply it.

In addition, Home Monthly bill 2466 calls for the Point out Board to submit an
once-a-year report to the Legislature each January right up until 2025 detailing the
success of the programs.

The legislation also makes a pilot application that covers credential
test prices, in addition to encouraging learners with job and specialized
schooling backgrounds transition into the workforce.

“By growing computer system science instruction and making this changeover
software, we can better retain the competent workforce Kansas makes
by way of our K-12 faculties,” Kelly explained. “In addition, it indicators to
organizations hunting to build or broaden their organization that Kansas is the
place to do it.”

Representatives authorised the personal computer science energy by 109-10 past thirty day period, as did senators by 29-6.

Also presented in the law are scholarships for all those in rural spots
and underrepresented socioeconomic teams to get hold of educator schooling in
personal computer science. The Laptop or computer Science Pre-company Educator System
permits the Kansas Board of Regents to offer scholarships of up to but
not exceeding $1,000 for pre-service lecturers functioning toward their
levels in elementary or secondary education and learning.

HB 2466 presents scholarships for educators in rural spots and
underrepresented socioeconomic teams to obtain laptop or computer science
education instruction.

“HB2466 will deliver significantly-desired methods and schooling to our
teachers,” said Rep. Steve Huebert, R-Valley Middle. “With that, a lot more
classes will be offered, letting students to attain the personal computer science
capabilities they need to have for today’s workforce requires.”

Kelly also signed into legislation Home Invoice 2138, a deal of election legislation
modifications including the prerequisite that all voting methods use
paper ballots with a distinct watermark. Advocacy teams and
legislators opposing this monthly bill argue the watermark is a appreciable
unfunded mandate.

The measure also results in a new rationale for county election officers to
ship a affirmation of deal with observe when there is no election-similar
activity from a registered voter for 4 many years. If the detect is
returned as “undeliverable” or there is no response, the human being would be
removed from the voter roll according to Clay Barker, deputy assistant
secretary of condition.

“We really do not want to get rid of persons just for the reason that they haven’t voted, but
not voting merged with the card is an indicator that they have possible
moved,” Barker mentioned in the course of a February hearing on the monthly bill.