With over 200 people in attendance at the first ever k-12 computer science summit we are calling it a success. Stakeholders from all across the state in various capacities showed up and spoke out about the need for ALL our students to have access to computer science. A common theme that carried throughout the summit was that "your zip code shouldn't determine what you are able to learn."
As individuals attended breakout sessions to voice their opinions and share their knowledge on the topic of computer science it was evident that the catalyst for change was occurring. During the opening remarks Deputy Governor Jesse Ruiz stated, "... the Pritzker administration’s plan to expand access to computer science programs across the state is a way to get more Illinois students to be a part of the future. Already, 1 out of 10 computer science degrees in the country comes from Illinois,” Ruiz said. “We’re only eclipsed by California. But the goal is to expand CS to all our public schools in the way that CS for all has been done at Chicago Public Schools. Gov. Pritzker is thrilled to expand access and be a part of this.”
We at CSforIL take this as a call to action to keep the momentum going. You can follow the link to contact his office:
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