State House Tackles Graduation Requirements

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AUSTIN (AP) – A sweeping package of public education overhauls is coming to the floor of the Texas House.

And it will likely stay for a very long while.

Lawmakers on Tuesday begin debating a bill cutting from 15 to five the number of standardized tests students must pass in order to graduate from high school.

The measure is sponsored by Jimmie Don Aycock, a Killeen Republican who chairs the House Public Education Committee.

It also seeks to emphasize career and technical training for students who want high-paying jobs but may not be interested in heading to college.

Such deep proposed changes to classrooms statewide would spark fierce and lengthy debate on their own. But lawmakers have attached 165 proposed amendments to Aycock’s bill.

Slogging through each one will take hours and hours.

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