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NJ Governor Unveils Computer Science for All State Plan


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Governor Murphy announcing his Computer Science for All State Plan.

New Jersey governor Phil Murphy yesterday announced a new initiative to ensure every public school student in the state has a thorough computer science education.

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Governor Phil Murphy today announced his Computer Science for All State Plan, including $2 million in state grants, to help schools establish advanced, high-quality computer science programs.

"Expanding and improving computer science programs in our public schools will help provide our students with the critical thinking skills they need to succeed in today's global economy," said Governor Murphy. "Computers and technology are integral to our society and workforce, and students must be given the opportunity to learn and master these foundational skills."

"Our mission is clear: We are committed to providing equitable access to a high-quality computer science education for all students," said Lamont O. Repollet, Commissioner of Education. "Through our state plan, we are making a statement that we want New Jersey to be a leader in equipping students with high-level computer science and technology skills."

"The Computer Science Teachers Association of New Jersey (CSTANJ) thanks Governor Murphy for his support of the Computer Science for All initiative and appreciated the opportunity to have been represented on the NJ Computer Science Advisory Board," said Daryl Detrick, Warren Hills Regional High School Computer Science Teacher and CSTANJ Advocacy Chair. "We also want to thank the Advisory Board members and New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) for all their hard work developing the New Jersey Computer Science Action Plan. We believe that all students should have the opportunity to study computer science because it helps teach computational thinking skills that are valuable in nearly all career fields. This plan and funding are huge steps toward helping us reach those goals. We look forward to working with the Governor's office and NJDOE to implement this plan and open doors of opportunity for our students."

"Following up on last year's funding and announcement of joining the Governor's Partnership for K-12 Computer Science, Governor Murphy continues to advance his commitment to computer science education," said Pat Yongpradit, Chief Academic Officer of Code.org. "Today's release of a comprehensive state plan and strategic funding initiative goes to show that New Jersey is serious about every student having the opportunity to learn computer science."

"The New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning (NJCTL) fully supports Governor Murphy's commitment to bringing CS education to all students," said Bob Goodman, NJCTL's Executive Director. "The CS for All initiative encouraged NJCTL to develop a comprehensive AP CS A program, including curriculum materials as well as, online training, and coaching for teachers. We eagerly await the expansion of CS for All, bringing the benefits of CS education to more students and teachers, particularly those not traditionally represented in CS."

 

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