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Please help us make computer science satisfy existing high school graduation requirements for math or science.

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Computer science develops students’ computational and critical thinking skills and teaches them how to create—not just use—new technologies. This fundamental knowledge is needed to prepare students for the 21st century, regardless of their ultimate field of study or occupation. Computer science courses should count toward math or science entrance requirements for higher education.

Computer science is driving job growth and innovation throughout our economy and society. More than half of projected jobs in STEM fields are in computing occupations; these occupations dominate “help wanted” ads; and computer science is one of the hottest degrees for new college graduates. In fact, by 2018, Maine will need to fill 22,980 STEM-related jobs, and 41% of these jobs will be in computing.

Students learn physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics; not only to prepare them for future careers, but also to give them a better understanding of the world around them. Increasingly, computers and computer-controlled devices make up more and more of our environment, and it is important for everyone to have an understanding of this new ecosystem and how it operates.

Current computer science courses often do not count towards a student’s core math or science requirements from high school – they are treated as electives. Given the academic demands, college-bound students cannot afford to take computer science as an elective. Further, higher education often does not allow computer science courses to satisfy a math or science entrance requirement. Counting computer science as a math or science credit would not require schools to offer computer science or students to study it; it simply allows computer science courses to satisfy a core requirement that already exists.

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