Coding classes: Students, dogged teachers overcome obstacles to add computer science classes

"LEVEL PLAYING FIELD INSTITUTE SMASH ACADEMY"The cradle of techno-innovation, the Bay Area has fallen as flat as the rest of the country in one critical area: nurturing the next generation of cyber whizzes.

Business and political leaders alike have harped on the need to teach kids computer programming and expand the traditional geek pool to include more girls, Latinos and African-Americans. Advocates such as predict a shortage of 1 million trained computer scientists in the next decade.

Slowly, more coding classes are gearing up at high schools. But they’re often in response to resourceful students and dogged teachers, rather than a sign of systemic change.
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