Bill Promoting Computer Science in New Mexico Schools Moves to the Governor’s Desk

Bill Promoting Computer Science in New Mexico Schools Moves to the Governor’s Desk

Santa Fe, N.M. - Tonight, the New Mexico House unanimously passed a bill that allows computer science courses to fulfill science requirements for high school graduation in New Mexico. SB 134, sponsored by Representative Debra Sariñana (D-Albuquerque) and Senator Jacob Candelaria (D-Albuquerque), would give students the opportunity to learn new and practical skills while earning credits to graduate.

“Computer science education allows students to apply the things they learn in math class, and really puts an emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving,” said Rep. Sariñana while presenting her bill on the House Floor. “This bill will open new horizons for New Mexico students and prepare them for college and high paying jobs. 

If signed by the Governor, New Mexico will join 32 other states and Washington D.C. in allowing computer science to count toward high school graduation requirements. In addition, computer science has been linked to increased academic and economic success for students who fulfill course requirements. 

The SB 134 passed the New Mexico House by a vote of 67 to 0, and will now move to the Governor’s desk.