SB 104 / HB 265 Computer Coding Instruction
HOUSE BILL 265: Rep Elizabeth Porter Rep Patricia Williams Link to Bill Page
SENATE BILL 104: Sen Jeff Brandes Link to Bill Page
WHAT THIS BILL DOES
Allow students to substitute two credits in computer coding courses for two credits of foreign language.
The bill wouldn’t require schools to provide additional coding courses; students could use Florida Virtual School if their school didn’t offer a specific class.
It would require the Florida College System and state universities to recognize the computer coding course credits in place of the foreign language credits.
The bill has no fiscal impact on state funds.
WHAT IT MEANS
Beginning 2019-2020 school year
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/104/Analyses/2017s00104.ed.PDF Let me know if there’s other data I can help find. The below articles / tables are either from reputable places, or based off of reputable data. The ideal report here would be https://evansdata.com/reports/viewRelease.php?reportID=9, but it’s very costly (some reports say around $9,800), and I haven’t been able to get my hands on the data yet. Some of the reports below are based on the data in the report though.
- Wages: According to http://livingwage.mit.edu/states/12, the average annual salary for folks in our field (Computer & Mathematical) in Florida is $68,980. This number is fairly low due to the range in that field.
- Wages: This one puts the average annual salary for software engineers / developers (alone) at around $86k: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes151132.htm#st
- Educator statistics: This is another good set of lists, but more importantly it includes post-secondary educator salaries. It’s not directly applicable to high schools, but this will most likely be the pool of educators they’d be pulling from: http://www.wikivisually.com/wiki/Software_engineering_demographics
- Market growth: In this article: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/careers/fl-mh-tech-talent-south-florida-20160404-story.html, they’re stating that Florida has a 3.8 percent tech job growth for the entire state (#18 in the country) - my numbers were high :). It also says that 4.5 percent of the state's jobs are tech occupations, ranking it No. 33.