Lawmakers to debate education bill


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Posted on March 26, 2013 at 7:33 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 26 at 7:41 AM

AUSTIN -- A new bill targeting the state's education system goes up for debate Tuesday among State Representatives.

House Bill 5 features five authors and 57 co-authors. It passed unaninmously in the House Public Education Committee last week. HB 5 targets several basics of state education.

The authors describe one part as a focus on changes to state standarized tests. Instead of requiring high school graduates to pass 15 end-of-course exams, they would only have to pass five exams.

Schools would also be ranked state-wide on academic success, money management and community satisfaction.

The bill gives students some control over what they study as well. They have more freedom to pick their own curriculum. The goal is to get more students ready for success after graduation by training some for technical jobs rather than preparing everyone for college.

“We're talking about career and technical training. Preparing them at 16, 17, 18 for a job to join the workforce right away. I think this is a phenomenal educational tool for those kids who don't want to go to college,” explained State Rep. Larry Gonzales, (R) Williamson County.

The House meets Tuesday to begin the debate.

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