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Few Los Angeles Students Learn Programming Skills

The Los Angeles Unified School District has big plans to boost computer science education in its schools, but it’s got a long way to go before all students have access to tech classes.

The district’s efforts to introduce students to computer programming can be summed up with one statistic: fewer than 4 percent of LAUSD’s 650,000 students took computer science classes as of May 2013, according to Ramon Mella, the district’s coordinator for organizational change management. Many schools don’t offer tech classes.