JONESBORO — Clayton County Public Schools is one of 34 districts in the state to earn a grant for middle-school computer coding programs from the Georgia Department of Education.

North Clayton Middle and Eddie White Middle Schools will receive $25,000 to implement a computer-coding curriculum.

“Providing high-quality computer science opportunities is essential as we prepare Georgia’s students for their futures,” said School Superintendent Richard Woods. “Computer science is now an essential academic discipline, one that provides foundational knowledge and skills that benefit every child. We will continue to work to expand computer science learning throughout the K-12 system.”

This is the second year the grant has been awarded as part of the Computer Science 4 Georgia initiative with the goal of making the state a national leader in the computer science movement.

“Georgia is the Silicon Valley of the South,” said Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan. “Our state is home to a world-class tech industry which could realistically become the Technology Capital of the entire East Coast. However, the growth of the tech sector – which will create more high-paying job opportunities for Georgians – is contingent upon our educating students to a 21st century standard. This program, which allows students to get hands on coding experience in middle school, will put our students on a pathway to success and allow our state’s booming tech industry to continue expanding.”

Education reporter Heather Middleton joined the Clayton News and Henry Herald in 2002.

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