Governor signs bill expanding computer science education

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Governor Laura Kelly signed bipartisan House Bill 2466 to promote computer science education in Kansas schools and provide additional funding for current and aspiring teachers to receive training in computer science programs. HB 2466 also establishes a pilot program that covers credential exam costs and assists career and technical education students in their transition to the workforce.

“By expanding computer science education and creating this transition program, we can better retain the skilled workforce Kansas produces through our K-12 schools,” Governor Kelly said. “In addition, it signals to companies looking to build or expand their business that Kansas is the place to do it.”

HB 2466 provides scholarships for educators in rural areas and underrepresented socioeconomic groups to obtain computer science education training. 

“HB 2466 will bring much needed resources and training to our teachers,” said Representative Steve Huebert, District 90. “With that, more classes will be offered, allowing students to gain the computer science skills they need for today’s workforce demands.”

Governor Kelly also signed the following bills:

House Bill 2138: Provides for the use of electronic poll books in elections and the approval of such books by the secretary of state, requires all voting systems for elections to use individual voter-verified paper ballots with a distinctive watermark, requires the secretary of state and local election officers to develop an affidavit to be signed by election workers regarding the handling of completed ballots, requires audits of any federal, statewide or state legislative race that is within 1 percent of the total votes cast and requires randomized audits of elections procedures used in four counties in even-numbered years, requires a county election officer to send a confirmation of address when there is no election-related activity for any four-calendar year period and exempts poll workers from certain election crimes.

House Bill 2492: Reconciles conflicting amendments in certain statutes.

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