Skip Navigation Links
      RS 17:187.2     


§187.2. Computer science education; legislative findings; intent

            A. The legislature finds the following:

            (1) Computer science is a transforming industry that bolsters productivity, drives innovation, and creates commerce.

            (2) Knowledge of computer science and the use of technology is essential for all individuals, not just those working or planning to work in the technology sector.

            (3) Cross-curricular instruction at all grade levels in computer science will enhance student achievement in core subjects, increase student motivation for learning, and develop a skilled workforce.

            (4) Positions related to computer science are some of the fastest-growing in the global economy, yet many of those positions remain unfilled. In order to fill those positions, a comprehensive computer science education strategy needs to be integrated into the elementary and secondary grades that flows seamlessly into careers and postsecondary education pathways.

            (5) In Louisiana, the fastest growing industry is Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services which is composed of much of the technology industry. Software developers and network administrators are among the ten fastest-growing occupations in the state requiring a college education, yet the state is producing fewer than half of the graduates needed to fill computer science- related jobs.

            (6) Successful completion of rigorous postsecondary computer science programs requires a thorough foundation at the elementary and secondary education level.

            (7) It is in the public interest that a comprehensive computer science education initiative be undertaken to ensure Louisiana has citizens who have the expertise to perform the technology skills embedded in most professions, who can meet the ever-increasing workforce demands in the technology sector, and who can envision and grow the next generation of technological advances.

            (8) In order to fulfill the need for a comprehensive computer science education, more teachers need to be trained to teach computer science, and all schools need to offer computer science courses.

            B. It is the intent of the legislature to create a comprehensive statewide computer science education program that benefits all citizens, flows seamlessly between all levels of education, and meets the needs of a dynamic and competitive economy.

            Acts 2022, No. 541, §1, eff. June 17, 2022.

If you experience any technical difficulties navigating this website, click here to contact the webmaster.
P.O. Box 94062 (900 North Third Street) Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70804-9062