LANSING, Mich., June 4, 2024 — State Rep. Carol Glanville (D-Walker) is pleased to announce that her bill, House Bill 5649, was successfully voted out of the House Committee on Education, marking a significant step forward in ensuring all Michigan public high school students have access to computer science classes. The legislation mandates that all Michigan public high schools offer at least one computer science course starting with the 2027-2028 school year.

“Requiring public high schools to offer at least one computer science course — as 31 other states already do — will help ensure Michigan’s students have equitable access to essential skills that can prepare them for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Computer science is a foundational skill necessary for today’s students to succeed,” Glanville said. “It is not only relevant for almost every career but also equips students with the critical thinking skills they need for future success.”

Despite the increasing importance of computer science skills in the modern workforce, only 55% of Michigan high schools currently offer computer science courses, which is below the national average. This bill closes that gap and ensures all students have equitable access to these critical skills.