Coalition Applauds Texas Graduation Overhaul

Mar 25, 2013

A coalition of 22 industry trade organizations says it strongly supports a bill to reduce standardized testing and increase emphasis on career training in Texas high schools.

Jobs for Texas, which says it represents 300,000 Texas employers and more than 6 million jobs statewide, wrote to all members of the Texas House on Monday. Its letter urges them to support House Bill 5.

The House on Tuesday is scheduled to debate the bill by Jimmie Don Aycock, a Killeen Republican who chairs the chamber's Education Committee.

It allows students to only pass tests in English, Algebra I, U.S. history and biology to graduate.

The bill also modifies graduation requirements so youngsters can choose one of five coursework pathways to get there, selecting between preparing for college or a technical career.

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