Sending Office: Honorable Tony Cardenas
Sent By:
Olivia.Oo@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

House Cosponsors: Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Pete Olson (R-TX)
Senate Cosponsors: Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Pat Roberts (R-KS)

Dear Colleague,

Today’s economy is in urgent need of people with coding skills to meet the demands of a booming tech industry. To keep America as a world leader in innovation and technology as well as safeguard our national security, please join Congressman Pete Olson and
me in cosponsoring H.R. 6334, the High School CODES Act.

This bill would help high schools create or expand coding education programs through a new grant program within the National Activities Fund at the U.S. Department of Education. These grants would be available to local educational agencies whose programs
allow high school students to fulfill a graduation requirement by taking a coding class in place of a mathematics, science, or foreign language class.

Currently, there are more than 500,000 open computing jobs nationwide but less than 50,000 computer science students graduating into the workforce last year. By 2020, there will be an estimated 1.4 million computer programming jobs, with only 400,000 American
computer science students to fill those jobs. Nine out of 10 schools in the United States do not even offer computer programming classes. This bill takes an important step towards fixing the problem.

If you would like to cosponsor the High School CODES Act, please contact Olivia Oo at Olivia.Oo@mail.house.gov or at 6-4560. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Tony Cárdenas
Member of Congress

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More about the High School CODES Act:

  • Direct the U.S. Secretary of Education to create a five-year demonstration program within the National Activities Fund that offers grants to local educational agencies;
  • Prioritize grant applications from rural or underserved areas;
  • Require all grant applications to report information and statistics about their program’s findings, successes, and failures to the Department of Education; and
  • Ensure that each application provides a spending plan, description of goals, and a strategy to become a self-sustaining program.

 

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Economy, Education, Labor, Science, Technology

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 6334
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