Reinstate the Computer Science 3 course in Fort Bend ISD.

Reinstate the Computer Science 3 course in Fort Bend ISD.

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The Fort Bend ISD Community started this petition to FBISD Career & Technical Education and

For the past 20 years in Fort Bend ISD, Computer Science 3 has always been offered to students who are interested in pursuing computer science courses in high school, whether it be in the form of AP Computer Science AB (until its discontinuation by the College Board) or in the form of an Advanced CTE Course, allowing students to earn specialized certification as an Oracle Java Programmer. This course has been an important part of Fort Bend ISD's legacy and mission to inspire and equip students to pursue futures beyond what one can imagine, and has been a large contributing factor to college and career readiness. Many successful Fort Bend ISD graduates have cited our rigorous Computer Science Program as an influential factor by preparing them for their future endeavors, and as the world moves towards focusing on STEM and the technology industry grows, our district cannot underestimate the influence that Computer Science has on our students.

During the current school year, however, the Department of Career & Technical Education at the Fort Bend Independent School District, the department of which Computer Science courses fall under, has decided that Computer Science 3 be removed as a course of study for the 2021-2022 school year. This action was made without consulting any Computer Science teachers and without any feedback or insight from the community, students, and staff.

While the Department of Career & Technical Education may have their independent reasons of removing the course, whether it be for financial benefit or other reasons related to curriculum, we strongly urge CTE to re-consider the decision to remove this course from the pathway.

From the district's Profile of a Graduate and the district's mission, students should be offered all opportunities, especially in academics, to succeed and benefit their future endeavors. Please join us in advocating for this mission, one step at a time, by bringing back Computer Science 3 as a course option to Fort Bend ISD campuses.

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