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Mississippi law will require computer science in schools

Senate Bill 2284  require Mississippi public schools to offer computer science to all...
Senate Bill 2284 require Mississippi public schools to offer computer science to all elementary and high school students.(WLBT)
Updated: Mar. 24, 2021 at 4:31 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new law will require the Mississippi Department of Education to set a computer science curriculum for K-12 schools by the 2024-25 academic year.

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed House Bill 633 on Wednesday, and it will become law July 1.

A Mississippi-based telecommunications and technology company, C Spire, pushed for the new law.

The company says Mississippi employers have unfilled jobs because they need more people trained in computing and information technology.

The C Spire Foundation announced in January that it was committing $1 million to help Mississippi school districts start computer science classes.