Arkansas Governor: 1,300 Signed Up For Coding Classes

Aug 11, 2015

Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaking to reporters Tuesday at the Arkansas State Capitol.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says 1,300 students have signed up for coding classes under a new state law requiring public schools to teach computer science.

Hutchinson on Tuesday announced that the students have signed up for the online courses being offered under the new law. He says the state doesn't have numbers yet on how many students will be taking the courses in person this fall.

Hutchinson says a kick-off event will be held at the Clinton Presidential Center on Saturday where students can learn coding for an hour.

Hutchinson, a Republican, campaigned last year partly on a vow to expand computer science classes in the state and has said increasing the number of students who can code will make the state more competitive.