Anthony Owen, who has been the state Education Department’s K-12 math and computer science curriculum specialist, has been named as new coordinator of computer science. He’ll begin work July to with with the governor’s computer science task force to develop computer science and technology needs.

He’s a former math and science teacher, a lawyer and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees. 

The Education Department released noted that $5 million has been allocated to expand computer science offerings, build teacher capacity and expand workforce readiness for computer science. A deadline for schools to apply for grants has been extended to June 12.