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Social Media in the classroom

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb's call for computer science to become a curriculum component at every Indiana public school nearly has been fulfilled.

Following a final Senate vote in coming days, Senate Bill 172 is expected to advance to the governor's desk after winning approval, 94-0, Monday in the House. It previously passed the Senate, 48-1.

The legislation would require every public school, including charter schools, to embed computer science training in the education provided to students in kindergarten through 12th grade, beginning in the 2021-22 school year.

In addition, every high school, starting in Fall 2021, would have to annually offer a one semester elective computer science course open to all students.

Holcomb said in his January State of the State address that he believes boosting computer science training in Indiana schools will prepare the next generation for their future jobs in the state's growing technology sector.

Currently, only 197 of 398 Indiana high schools offer computer science as an elective course.

To expand that, the measure establishes a so-far unfunded state grant program to pay to "skill up" Hoosier educators interested in teaching computer science classes.

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Dan is Statehouse Bureau Chief for The Times. Since 2009, he's reported on Indiana government and politics — and how both impact the Region — from the state capital in Indianapolis. He originally is from Orland Park, Ill.