The state House voted unanimously Tuesday to encourage more high schoolers to take computer science courses.

Rep. Tom Forese, R-Chandler, said there is a great demand by companies for computer programmers. But he said Arizona is producing few graduates who are capable of filling that demand.

The result, he said, is that companies that need programmers will not come here.

Current law requires 22 credits to graduate from high school, including four in math. HB 2265 permits school boards to allow computer courses to count toward those math requirements. It also mandates that state universities accept these courses as meeting their own math admission requirements.

The measure now goes to the Senate.

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