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New Jersey State Board of Education : Please help make Computer Science count towards high school graduation requirements in math or science.

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 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, New Jersey will need to fill 248,240 STEM-related jobs, and 59% of these jobs will be in computing.

Current computer science courses often do not count towards a student’s core 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 an entrance requirement if it doesn't count as a math or science credit. 

To learn more about making computer science count, visit http://code.org.

This petition was delivered to:
  • New Jersey Department of Education
    Commissioner Chris Cerf
  • New Jersey Legislature
    Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan Jr.
  • New Jersey Legislature
    Senator M. Teresa Ruiz
  • New Jersey Legislature
    Assemblyman Angel Fuentes
  • Director of the Office of the New Jersey State Board of Education
    Diane Shoener
  • New Jersey State Board of Education
    Board President Arcelio Aponte


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