$2M to be made available to 44 school districts for computer sciences

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Gov. Phil Murphy says that $2 million in grant money will be made available to 44 New Jersey school districts to help provide computer science equipment for the classrooms.

The governor made the announcement Monday on the campus of Bridgewater Raritan High School, where he also sat in on a computer coding class.

The plan is to provide the money for all grades, including kindergarten through eighth grade, and to provide training for teachers. Bridgewater Raritan took advantage of similar funding last year.

Murphy says that the goal is to be more inclusive when it comes to training future members of the computer science field.

"There is a disturbing lack of diversity, gender and otherwise, in the computer science ranks…in education systems far too often and in the workforce,” the governor says.

The governor says that the improvements in computer sciences will hopefully train students for success in engineering, gaming and medical sciences, among others.

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