Schools, businesses grapple with schools' computer education

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

Kansas leaders in business, education and politics are grappling with how to update curriculums in the state's schools to teach students computer science that prepares them for how technology is changing the world.

Kansas News Service reports making those changes is slowed by several obstacles, including whether learning computer science would reduce time for students to learn traditional science subjects such as evolution, trigonometry or physics.

Rep. Steve Huebert is an engineer who is chairman of the Kansas House education committee. He says schools should consider allowing students to swap computer sciences for another science or math course to count toward graduation.

The education committee heard a bill to do that during the last session but no action was taken. The topic is expected to come up again next year.

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