Lawmakers pass STEM education, treatment court bills in special session

The Missouri Senate on Friday approved bills designed to encourage high school students to take computer science classes and to expand courts in the state for people dealing with addiction.

Gov. Mike Parson, who called a special session for lawmakers to address computer education and treatment courts, is expected to sign both bills into law.

Both passed the House earlier in the week.

The computer education bill would allow a computer science credit to count toward a math, science or practical arts credit required for high school graduation. It would also create an online course to raise awareness of STEM careers.

Local tech groups and national tech companies backed the change to computer science education in the state. Ryan Weber, KC Tech Council president, said the bill was “a long-term necessity.”

Parson vetoed similar bills dealing with computer education and treatment courts this summer. He called the special session to pass slightly altered versions of both bills.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio, Startland NewsSoutheast Missourian

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