LITTLE ROCK – President Trump’s commitment of $200 million a year to high-tech education will enhance Arkansas’ nation-leading efforts to ensure that students in every public school have access to computer-science training, Governor Asa Hutchinson said today after the President announced the plan.

In his first month in office, Governor Hutchinson helped guide legislation that made Arkansas the first state in the nation to require all public high schools to provide classes in computer coding. The Governor also provided $2.5 million a year for four years to train teachers and support K-12 computer-science education. Several national publications have cited Arkansas as a leader in computer-science education.

“I’m delighted with the President’s focus on computer-science education, and for the White House’s commitment to providing the resources necessary to increase access to computer science for our students,” the Governor said this afternoon.

“Arkansas continues to lead the nation in these efforts — from our first-of-its-kind legislation mandating that every Arkansas high school teach computer science, to providing the funding needed for schools to fulfill that directive. There is, of course, much more to be done, but the federal government’s support of an increase in focus and funding is key. This will further our efforts to train teachers and increase student access, while preparing them for the abundance of opportunities in today’s ever-changing economy.”