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.
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.
Mississippi's future can't wait. Help us pass legislation to teach computer science in every Mississippi school. Show your support at https://t.co/6vB2bLJYXw. #OurMSFuture #CSpireTechMVMT pic.twitter.com/xiTne6cy44
— C Spire (@CSpire) February 1, 2020