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Mississippi seeks more computer science teaching in schools

Greene County School Superintendent Charles Breland sees the need for more Mississippians trained in computer science.

A former technology coordinator in the rural southeast Mississippi district, he said Monday that his school system has struggled to hire a computer technician itself.

That's one reason Breland is excited about a new state effort to increase computer science instruction in schools. A total of 34 districts will send 167 elementary school and 68 high school teachers for training this summer, in the first phase of a plan to increase learning about computers in all grades.

"We see the need for so many tech-related jobs out there that aren't...