C Spire: Mississippi must require computer science classes

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Photo: C Spire

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A telecommunications company wants Mississippi to require schools to teach computer science.

C Spire ran a TV ad during the Super Bowl. It had actors playing economic development officials in other states. They thanked Mississippi for not requiring computer science.

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The ad says Mississippi is losing high-paying tech jobs.

C Spire is based in Ridgeland, Mississippi. The company’s CEO, Hu Mena, says other states are investing in technology education and Mississippi should do the same.

A bill has not yet been filed. The House Education Committee chairman says policymakers need to come up with a program that works.

The video was also posted to the company’s social media pages.