All high schools in New Jersey should offer Computer Science.
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Did you know that most high schools in New Jersey do not offer Computer Science classes? In 2016, only 34% of NJ high schools offered AP Computer Science and less than 1% of NJ high school students (3,056) students took APCS A. (Code.org)
Did you know that New Jersey doesn’t have a Computer Science teaching certification? 27 other states do, but not New Jersey.(Code.org)
Sign this petition to encourage NJ Speaker of the Assembly Prieto to put two Computer Science Education bills on the agenda of the next Assembly session to ensure all students have the opportunity to take Computer Science classes.
A2873 (CS in all HS) and A3870 (CS Teaching Certification) both passed the Senate unanimously earlier this year, but both bills will die if they are not voted on by the Assembly by the end of this year.
Currently there are 500,000 open jobs nationally in Computer Science and over 21,000 in New Jersey, with an average salary of $102,000 (Code.org). The states with the strongest Computer Science education programs will have a better chance attracting these high paying jobs. (e.g. Amazon HQ2)
All students should have the opportunity to learn Computer Science so they can pursue these valuable and rewarding careers. These bills will help New Jersey stay among the leaders in Computer Science Education.
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