Computer science instruction and apprenticeship programs addressed in two new Florida laws

Jacksonville, FL — They'll be in effect for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed two new bills into law dealing with your child's education.

The first, HB 495, expands protections for students, but also increases student access to computer science instruction across all grade levels, from K-through 12.

According to the bill's text, that increased access may include coding instruction in elementary and middle school, instruction to develop computer usage among students and digital literacy skills. It also includes courses in computer science, computer coding, and computer programming in middle and high school, including earning-related industry certifications.

The other new law in Florida, HB 577, address high school graduation requirements.

Under the law, students are able to use apprenticeship and preapprenticeship programs to satisfy elective and arts high school graduation requirements.

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