There is quite a bit of buzz right now about all of the open tech jobs. Many articles are being written about the job openings and what is needed to get one. USA Today recently posted a nice article about all of this. Some of these high paying jobs that do not require a degree.
Texas recently passed HB5 which cuts down on mandatory graduation requirements and testing in order to give students options for graduation. One of the options allows for students to take Computer Science for 2 years in place of other graduation requirements. Texas recognizes the job demand in the tech field and they are attempting to give students more flexibility to start working towards those careers while in high school.