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Chancellor: More Coding Coming To City Schools

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The Department of Education announced a new initiative to expand curriculum offerings on computer programming.

The new coding classes are expected to launch in the fall of 2014 at high schools across the five boroughs, with the program gradually expanded to middle and elementary schools in years to come.

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott dropped by American Sign Language & English Secondary School on Monday to talk about writing software and to accept a $10,000 donation from Code.org that will be used to purchase new computers for the East Side school.

"I mean, the reality is in today's society with today's children, they are just so adapted to this and I think we have a responsibility as educators to make sure that we train our teacher workforce to adapt to the 21st century needs of our students,” said Walcott.

In all, the DOE is investing $1 million in public and private funds to train 120 teachers for the program.

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