A House Republican on Tuesday filed legislation that would allow high school students to take computer-coding courses to satisfy two credits of foreign-language requirements.
Rep. Elizabeth Porter, R-Lake City, filed the legislation (HB 265), after Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, filed a Senate counterpart (SB 104) last month.
Porter chairs a House subcommittee that oversees post-secondary education.
The proposal would take effect in the 2019-2020 school year.
Similar legislation last year passed the Senate but wasn't taken up in the House.
Supporters say the proposal would help students prepare for a world in which computer skills are increasingly important.
But critics argue that it could undermine the value of traditional foreign-language courses.