In Florida, computer coding could count as a foreign language course if the state senate has its way.

Computer Coding Could Count as a Foreign Language CourseQuestions linger about whether it is appropriate to consider the two subject areas the same. However the senate overwhelmingly passed Senator Jeremy Ring’s bill (SB 468) by a 35-5 vote.

“With this bill, we’re putting a stamp on it: Florida is a technology leader in this country,” said Ring, a Democrat from Margate and a former Yahoo executive. “We are truly, in this state, pioneering something that I believe will be a very significant trend.”

Critics worry about the dilution of cultural education, as well as an increased burden to pay for technology in schools that currently lack adequate resources. There is no funding included to improve computer access, and Ring maintains that the proposal has no impact on local school finances.

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