Computer science mandate for Hawaii public schools debated

A bill to require the state Board of Education to determine whether computer science should become a requirement for public school graduation is moving through the state Legislature.

But while there are few arguments against the general idea, stumbling blocks for the bill include how to make space in existing graduation requirements for computer science along with other additional subjects, such as financial literacy, some key lawmakers wish to see offered or required at Hawaii’s public schools.

There’s also the perennial question of whether state lawmakers are overtaking BOE’s authority and micromanaging the public school system when they mandate measures related to school curriculum.

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