A bill that would allow Kentucky high school students to use computer programing courses to meet their foreign language requirement has passed the State Senate.
Senate Bill 16 is sponsored by Senator David Givens of Green County and received bi-partisan support in the Education Committee and on the floor. Senator Whitney Westerfield of Hopkinsville was among those supporting it and says it gives students options to develop skills in a booming industry.
There are some concerned the legislation is a way to diminish the importance of traditional foreign language offerings, but Senator Westerfield says he doesn't see it that way.
The legislation is now in the House and could be heard by that Education Committee.