Proposed bill would make computer coding count as foreign language

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By: The News Service of Florida
August 22, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A state senator filed a proposal that could lead to high school students taking computer coding courses to get foreign-language credits.

SB 180 would allow, but not require, high schools to offer two credits in computer coding. The bill was filed by filed by Senator Jeff Brandes, of St. Petersburg on Monday.

Students who take the coding courses and earn related industry certifications would be able to satisfy two credits of foreign-language instruction. Florida College System schools and state universities would have to recognize the coding courses as foreign-language credits.

But, parents and students also would have to sign statements acknowledging that out-of-state colleges and universities might not recognize the coding courses.

The bill, which is filed for the 2018 legislative session, would make the changes effective in the 2020-2021 school year.

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