OKLAHOMA CITY –State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister made the following comments today in response to Gov. Kevin Stitt’s signing of Senate Bill 593. The new law prioritizes high-quality professional learning opportunities in computer science.
“Our teachers must have the skills and competencies to prepare students for a job market that is constantly changing and requires the ability to think creatively and conceptually,” said Hofmeister. “Oklahoma is committed to championing excellence in subjects like computer science that are on the vanguard of innovation. This bill will create a framework whereby we can train at least one teacher in every school in programming, who can then infuse that training in other courses and subjects – in turn ensuring all kids have equitable access to computer science.
“We are grateful to Gov. Stitt for his support of this legislation and for recognizing that programming and coding skills will equip our students to be ready to enter the most in-demand careers after graduation, and to Sen. Gary Stanislawski and Rep. Jeff Boatman for authoring SB 593.”
Senate Bill 593 goes into effect July 1, 2019.