State Senate To Debate Graduation Overhaul

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AUSTIN (AP) - The head of the Texas Senate Education Committee says the chamber will debate his sweeping proposal to overhaul high school graduation requirements.

Sen. Dan Patrick says he wants to bring up Senate Bill 3 on Wednesday. It is meant to emphasize “workforce development” and give students more options in career and technical training, rather than only college readiness.

The House passed a separate bill with a similar intent after lengthy debate Tuesday.

Patrick is a tea party-backed Republican from Houston. His measure would create an eighth grade career exploratory course to help students choose the classes they want to take in high school.

It would then allow students to choose career paths that focus either on preparing for college or on career and technical training in grade 9 through 12.

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