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Computer coding could count as foreign language for high-schoolers

This 2013 illustration picture shows a projection of binary code on a man holding a laptop computer.

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This 2013 illustration picture shows a projection of binary code on a man holding a laptop computer.

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A Broward County Democrat wants to let high school students take computer coding courses in lieu of traditional foreign language classes necessary for graduation.

The proposed law from Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Margate, would also require high schools to offer computer coding courses of "sufficient rigor" so students can exercise this alternative.

Another change: Students pursuing a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship would have to earn at least two credits in computer coding in order to be eligible to apply.

Senate Bill 468 gets its first hearing Thursday morning before the Senate Education Pre-K-12 Committee.

Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, has filed an amendment that would require state colleges and public universities in Florida to honor the computer coding classes as foreign language credits.

There is no House companion yet, a necessity for the proposal to have a chance at becoming law.

If it's enacted, school districts would have until January 2017 to develop a curriculum plan.

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 12:42pm]

    

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