Editor's note: This commentary was written before the release of the Top States 2015 data. The governor did not have knowledge of the rankings or the comprehensive data.
No other state is better preparing the next generation for 21st-century jobs. Arkansas is the national leader in computer coding. Under my direction, we recently became the first and only state to pass a comprehensive law requiring all public and charter high schools to offer computer-coding classes (students can start taking the classes this fall).
As part of our initiative, the state set aside $5 million for teacher training and to reward high-performance schools. Programs such as "Virtual Arkansas" cater to our rural school districts, which may need to offer coding classes online at first. All in all, our groundbreaking plan to expose Arkansas' students to computer coding represents a relatively small investment with the opportunity for a huge return.
Because of this legislation, within a few years I expect Arkansas to develop the most computer-literate workforce in the country. That makes Arkansas a top state for business like no other. Here's why: