Parson signs STEM education bill backed by business and tech groups

Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday signed into law a STEM education bill that Missouri lawmakers approved during a special legislative session called by the governor in September.

The bill will allow a computer science credit to count toward a math, science or practical arts credit required for high school graduation. It will devote state resources to raising awareness of STEM careers.

Local business and technology groups, including the KC Tech Council and Greater Missouri Chamber of Commerce, backed a change to the state’s computer science curriculum. Tech companies from outside Missouri, including Apple and Amazon, also supported STEM education legislation in the state.

“Improving our workforce is a top priority with this administration, and in order to help move Missouri forward, we need to expand opportunities for our students,” said Governor Parson. “Missouri currently has a high demand in this field, and by signing this bill, our students will be able to get the proper training to succeed in computing jobs.”

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