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West Virginia Policy Makers Stand Up for 21st-Century Learning

Late last week, policy makers within the West Virginia Department of Education adopted a rule that would allow high school students to count computer science courses as fourth-year mathematics credits. This action follows a year of activity in which policy makers from the Mountain State have sought opportunities to expand access to coursework within the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Common Sense Kids Action applauds these efforts and believes that greater student access to computer science courses means a better-suited workforce. Common Sense Kids Action is working at the state level to promote policies that will make it easier for school districts, higher-education institutions, and regional business leaders to work together to provide these opportunities to students to help them succeed in a career or at college.

Learn how you can ensure that all kids have access to career opportunities by signing up today to become a Kids Action Advocate.

JR Starrett
JR oversees Let's Invest Large in Youth (LILY), a multi state program for Common Sense Kids Action. In this capacity JR works with a team of internal and external stakeholders to identify and introduce state based legislation that will positively impact kids. Prior to joining Common Sense, JR served as a seasoned political operative managing campaign efforts for some of the nation’s most competitive races. JR was recognized as a Rising Star by Campaigns and Elections magazine in 2014. He currently lives in San Francisco with his wife Morgan. JR is a frequent contributor to Campaigns and Elections Magazine, contributing to the Campaign Insider column.