IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 25, 2018
Ms. Cantwell (for herself and Mr. Cassidy) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To support coding education.
This Act may be cited as the
Coding Opportunities and Development for Equitable Students Act or the
High School CODES Act.
In this Act:
The term coding has the meaning given the term in section 114(e)(6) of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C. 2324(e)(6)).
The term computer science means the study of computers and algorithmic processes, including the principles, hardware and software designs, implementation, and impact on society, of computers and algorithmic processes.
Sense of the Senate
It is the Sense of the Senate that—
States should support high schools in recognizing coding and computer science classes as classes that count toward the fulfillment of graduation requirements;
it should be a priority to create a national strategy to incorporate computer science and coding into the elementary and secondary educational system in the United States;
learning to write and read code is critical to creating and innovating in cyberspace, and learning to write and read code is a skill critical to the national security and economic competitiveness of the United States; and
the modernization of the educational system in the United States is a priority, and modernization is necessary to bolster the next generation of high-tech workers.
Coding Demonstration Program
Section 114 of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C. 2324) is amended—
by redesignating subsection (e) as subsection (f);
in subsection (d)(2)(A), by striking
subsection(e) and inserting
in subsection (d)(4)(A), by striking
subsection (e) and inserting
subsection (f); and
by inserting after subsection (d) the following:
Coding Demonstration Program
The Secretary shall carry out a coding demonstration program, through which the Secretary shall award grants to local educational agencies to enable those local educational agencies to establish new programs or expand existing programs that allow high school students to take a coding class in place of a mathematics, science, or foreign language class in order to fulfill a graduation requirement.
A local educational agency desiring a grant under this subsection shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require, including the information described in subparagraph (B).
An application submitted under subparagraph (A) shall include—
a strategy for obtaining future funding to sustain the program after the grant has ended from State, private, or other non-Federal funding sources;
a spending plan;
a description of the goals of the program; and
a description of the statistics the local educational agency will collect to include in the local educational agency's report to the Secretary described under paragraph (4).
In awarding grants under this subsection, the Secretary shall give priority to a local educational agency submitting an application under paragraph (2) that is located in a rural or underserved area.
Not later than 5 years after the date of enactment of this subsection, each local educational agency receiving a grant under paragraph (1) shall submit to the Secretary a report about the coding program activities carried out with grant funds, including information and statistics about that program's findings, successes, and failures.
This subsection shall remain in effect until the date that is 5 years after the date of enactment of this subsection.
In this subsection, the term coding means the creation and modification of—
source code (defined as any series of statements written in some human-readable computer programming language); or
machine code (defined as instructions for a computer processor in some machine language).
In this subsection, the term high school has the meaning given the term in section 8101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801).