A Broward County Democrat wants to let high school students take computer coding courses in lieu of traditional foreign language classes necessary for graduation.
The proposed law from Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Margate, would also require high schools to offer computer coding courses of "sufficient rigor" so students can exercise this alternative.
Another change: Students pursuing a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship would have to earn at least two credits in computer coding in order to be eligible to apply.
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Senate Bill 468 gets its first hearing Thursday morning before the Senate Education Pre-K-12 Committee.
Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, has filed an amendment that would require state colleges and public universities in Florida to honor the computer coding classes as foreign language credits.
There is no House companion yet, a necessity for the proposal to have a chance at becoming law.
If it's enacted, school districts would have until January 2017 to develop a curriculum plan.