Audio – Senator Keith Ingram Reporting News From 91st General Assembly
August 31st, 2017 • News

August 31, 2017- Senator Keith Ingram audio report of news from the 91st General Assembly.

  • Last year Arkansas became one of the nation’s leaders in the teaching of computer science. Several states require high schools to offer classes in computer coding and computer science. However, in a lot of states the requirement is an unfunded mandate on local schools, and the computer classes have yet to get off the ground.Arkansas, however, provided funding for the necessary equipment and training.
  • Our challenge now is to break down a lingering cultural stereotype. I’m talking about expectations that boys do better than girls in science and technology. The result is that fewer girls sign up for STEM courses. STEM is the new acronym in the education community that stands for science, technology, engineering and math.
  • Elected officials, including the governor and legislative leaders, have been promoting a new initiative to encourage more girls to sign up for STEM classes. They were at the high school in Beebe last week, and girls made up only 26 percent of the computer coding class. That’s higher than the national average, but we have to do better.
  • I was proud to be at Forest City High School last week when the governor shared that our computer coding class in Forest City, the participation was the largest in the State of Arkansas. Go Mustangs! That is wonderful.
  • Knowing how to write computer code builds a strong academic foundation for all kinds of career choices.
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