In what looks to be “out of the box” thinking with a “let’s do something to really benefit our children” mentality, Republican Senator Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg is proposing a new bill related to education.
The bill (SB 180) would allow Florida high school students to earn foreign language credits by taking a computer coding classes.
Brandes’ bill would give those high school students two credits toward graduation requirements.
While the Florida College System and state universities would recognize the coding classes as foreign language credits, parts and students would have to sign in acknowledgement that out of state university systems may not agree the foreign language requirement has been met.
Students who take the coding courses and earn related industry certifications would be able to satisfy two credits of foreign-language instruction.