House Passes Student Success Act; Brooks Computer Science Amendment Included in Final Version
Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) applauded passage of the Student Success Act today in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill seeks to decrease the federal footprint in education while maintaining the nation’s commitment to high expectations for every student.
“To maintain its edge, America must provide all students a world-class education that enables them to compete for and win 21st century jobs in a global marketplace,” Rep. Brooks said. “The Student Success Act will help us accomplish this goal by empowering states, school districts, educators and parents to pursue policies that will set students on a path to success.”
The final bill includes a bipartisan amendment offered by Rep. Brooks and Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) adding computer science into the Student Success Act, clarifying and encouraging federal funds to be used in support of training computer science educators. This new flexibility comes at no additional cost to taxpayers since it simply provides access to funds already set aside for professional development through ESEA.
“Computer Science is a growing and exciting field that we can’t afford to marginalize,” Rep. Brooks said. “This bipartisan effort will increase computer science opportunities in our classrooms and ensure we graduate students ready to fill the millions of new computing jobs emerging over the next decade.”
For more information on the Student Success Act, go to http://edworkforce.house.gov/studentsuccessact.