By the summer of 2017, CodeVA had blazed a trail that resulted in Virginia leading the nation in computer science education. With a fulltime staff of only five, the little nonprofit had trained 1,500 educators to teach computer science across Virginia, reaching more than 10,000 students.
That number was about to increase exponentially. Earlier, CodeVA’s advocacy had helped Virginia become the first state in the nation to pass sweeping computer science education reform. Two new laws mandated that every Virginia child would receive access to essential computer science literacy – to include coding – from kindergarten through graduation. In Virginia, computer science was now part of a well-rounded education on par with reading, writing and arithmetic.
Since then, Virginia’s Senator Mark Warner had announced the latest grant for CodeVA: $361,625 to train teachers to teach computer science and coding in schools in rural south and southwest Virginia. It was one of the largest K-12 computer science education program funding investments in the nation.
And a new regional high school that CodeVA helped plan for was opening its doors, focused on preparing students for college and careers in computer science.
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