NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement on the Board of Regents’ approval of a new K-12 computer science teaching certificate:
“Technology is changing our world, and there are barriers we need to bring down if our schools are going to change with it. We can’t make make computer science education truly available to all without a pipeline to train and certify dedicated computer science teachers. With this milestone, we’re finally making progress.
“Congratulations to Manhattan’s own Hunter College for blazing the trail, and thank you to the Board of Regents for approving this new certification.”
As Crain’s New York Business reported Tuesday evening, the Board of Regents approved the new certificate earlier this month and the new regulations are set to become official today.
Brewer, who served as the first chair of the City Council’s Technology Committee, is an outspoken advocate for New York’s technology community and K-12 computer science education. In April of 2016, Brewer wrote to New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia urging the creation of a state computer science teaching certification.