H.Res. 558: Supporting the increased understanding of, and interest in, computer science and computing careers among the public and in schools, and to ensure an ample and diverse future technology workforce through the designation of National Computer Sc

H.Res. 558

Supporting the increased understanding of, and interest in, computer science and computing careers among the public and in schools, and to ensure an ample and diverse future technology workforce through the designation of National Computer Sc

Date
October 20, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

H.Res. 558 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, October 20, 2009, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Vernon J. Ehlers (R-MI) on June 18, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 558 would resolve that Congress:
• "Supports the designation of National Computer Science Education Week;
• "Encourages schools, teachers, researchers, universities, and policymakers to identify mechanisms for teachers to receive cutting edge professional development to provide sustainable learning experiences in computer science at all educational levels and encourage students to be exposed to computer science concepts;
• "Encourages opportunities, including through existing programs, for females and underrepresented minorities in computer science; and
• "Supports research in computer science to address what would motivate increased participation in this field."

Background

According to the resolution's findings, National Computer Science Education Week can inform students, teachers, parents, and the general public about the crucial role that computer science plays in transforming our society and how computer science enables innovation in all science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines and creates economic opportunities.