New school year, new opportunities to succeed 

By: 
Steve Davisson, State Representative

Students and educators are heading back to the classroom to begin an exciting new school year. With these new laws I supported, our students can look forward to becoming better prepared to succeed in the workforce:

 

Improving Employability Skills – A new law ensures schools include courses on employability skills or soft skills, like following directions and showing up on time, to help better prepare students for the workforce. Strengthening time management and problem-solving skills will make students more employable and prepared for life after high school.   

Increasing Computer Skills – new law ensures all K-12 public schools offer computer science classes. These skills are in high demand and critical to filling current and future job openings. The Next Level Computer Science Grant Program will help local schools train teachers to instruct the courses.

 

Prioritizing STEM Education – A new law creates an optional elementary school teacher content area license, aiming to build a stronger math and science foundation in elementary school students. Educators with a passion to teach STEM subjects will be able to actively engage young students and prepare them for high-level courses in their academic careers.   

With this new school year comes new opportunities to succeed. While school can be challenging, it’s also a time to learn and grow. To all of our students, educators, administrators and support staff – I wish you the best of luck and a wonderful new school year!

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