In the Schools, March 13, 2020

March 13, 2020 | Volume 51, Number 6

Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) in February said that tuition at the university’s flagship campus will hold at 2012 levels through 2021-2022, marking the ninth straight year of no tuition increase. Purdue also will l provide a 3% salary merit pool for West Lafayette employees for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

A bill (SB 2284) that would require Mississippi’s K-12 public schools to offer computer science to all elementary and high school students has been introduced in the Mississippi State Legislature this session. Under the bill, the state would take a phased approach to introducing computer science starting in the 2021-2022 school year, which allows time for teachers to receive professional instructional training. The bill is championed by telecommunications and technology services company C Spire (Ridgeland, MS), which has been heavily involved in efforts to promote computer science education in Mississippi, investing over $3 million since 2015 in coding challenges, coding academies, pilot accelerated degree programs and other efforts designed to inspire and encourage students to consider pursuing academic degrees or professional careers in science, technology, engineering and math-related fields.

Idaho Central Credit Union (Chubbuck, ID) in the first quarter is building on its partnership with educational technology company Stukent (Idaho Falls, ID) by providing 139 high schools in the state of Washington the Mimic Personal Finance simulation and curriculum free for five years. ICCU earlier had made a similar donation to high schools in Idaho.

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