CS Education Gets Congressional Attention

Last week was a huge one for computer science education in the Nation’s Capital. Congressmen from both parties introduced two pieces of legislation – The Computer Science Education Act and the Computer Science Education Week Resolution – intended to help strengthen computer science education. I’ve written before that the road to education reform is long, and progress will come in fits and starts. Both pieces of legislation represent another step along this road and the beginning of a much broader engagement to bring attention to computer science education issues in the United States.
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USACM and SIGPLAN Comment on SEC Python Proposal

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently issued a request for comments on proposed changes to the rules regulating asset-backed securities. Part of the suggested changes included a requirement to file a computer program of the contractual cash flow provisions expressed in a particular computer language – Python.

In connection with ACM’s Special Interest Group for Programming Languages – SIGPLAN – USACM submitted comments addressing that proposed change.

The detailed set of comments addresses some specific issues with the proposal, which include the need to make sure that all inputs and outputs for the program are at the same level of detail as the Asset Data File. Those issues prompted USACM and SIGPLAN to recommend the final proposal be run as a trial. A summary of the comments emphasizes the following points.
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