Governor Ron DeSantis Highlights Computer Science and STEM Achievements in Pinellas County

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis visited Ridgecrest Elementary School in Pinellas County to highlight computer science education and the significant achievements of local students in STEM fields. The school currently hosts a summer camp that is part of the Pinellas County School District’s STEM Academies program. The Governor was joined by Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran, Senate President Bill Galvano, Senator Travis Hutson and Representative Amber Mariano as well as representatives from Code.org and Microsoft. Last year, Ridgecrest Elementary School earned national recognition and certification as an exemplary magnet school. The school places a major focus on STEM learning experiences for students. Florida’s students need access to educational opportunities to learn skills that will make them competitive in the modern economy and today’s high-skilled, high-wage jobs, said Governor DeSantis. That’s why I’ve made career and technical education a centerpiece of my education agenda and recommended we set-aside $10 million to train, recruit and retain computer science teachers. Thanks to the Florida Legislature delivering on my request, we have now fast-tracked our effort to get students learning computer science.

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