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Bill Detail: HB19-1277

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Title Computer Science Grant Program
Status Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (05/02/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors D. Esgar (D)
L. Cutter (D)
Senate Sponsors N. Todd (D)
F. Winter (D)
House Committee Education
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 03/27/2019
Description

The bill creates in the department of education (department) the
computer science courses and clubs grant program (grant program) to
provide money to public schools or school districts in order to increase
enrollment or participation of traditionally underrepresented students in
computer science courses or clubs.
The bill requires the state board of education (board) to promulgate

rules necessary for the implementation of the grant program.
The bill requires the board to give priority to grant applications
that:
  • Demonstrate how the applicant will use the grant to serve
a high-poverty student population, a high percentage of
minority students, students in rural areas, or a high
percentage of female students;
  • Expose students to diverse professionals within the
computer science industry; or
  • Demonstrate a low number of computer science education
courses or clubs offered in the public school or school
district, if any.
The bill appropriates $250,000 each year for the 2020-21, 2021-22,
and 2022-23 fiscal years, from the general fund to the department. The
department shall distribute the money to the education providers that
receive a grant.
The bill requires each grant recipient to submit a report to the
board.

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