California's public schools need more computer science classes, say state lawmakers who warn that the high-paying tech jobs in the state aren't going to go to students who lack the skills.
There are six bills in the state Legislature that would mandate more computer science training as basics along with English and math, according to reports.
EdSource reports that only 13 percent of high school seniors in California took the AP computer science exam last year.
Changes education law that would allow computer science to count as a math credit, and not an elective, could lead to more programmers in training, supporters say.
However, to snag the top jobs, a bachelor's degree in the field will still be near-mandatory, the website reported.