State Rep. Mark Huizenga and the Michigan House of Representatives today approved a plan to allow computer coding to fulfill the foreign language requirement for high school students.
“A good high school education should prepare students for whatever path they choose next, and in today’s world, computer coding is a useful skill in almost any field,” said Huizenga, of Walker. “By expanding curriculum choices, we can move many students past a binary choice between earning their diplomas or learning skills that match their interests.”
The Michigan Merit Curriculum requires high school students to complete two credits in a language other than English to be eligible for a diploma. In addition to learning a foreign language or American Sign Language, up to one of the credits can be completed in a career and technical education program or in visual or performing arts instruction.
House Bill 4326 would include computer coding as a language other than English. High school students would be able to count credits in coding toward the two-credit language requirement.
HB 4326 now advances to the Senate for consideration.
In a bipartisan House vote approving the Unlock Michigan petition, state Rep. Mark Huizenga backed the repeal of an unconstitutional law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to impose onerous restrictions on the people of Michigan during the COVID-19 pandemic.
State Rep. Mark Huizenga, a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, today criticized Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s veto of a child literacy program to help students rebound academically following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rep. Huizenga talks about House passage Wednesday of the Unlock Michigan citizens’ initiative repealing the Emergency Powers of Governor Act of 1945 (EPGA), which the Governor used to issue restrictions unilaterally during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Michigan Supreme Court ruled the EPGA unconstitutional in October 2020. Rep. Huizenga says the 1945 silenced the people and […]