Education Board Mulls Graduation & Textbooks

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AUSTIN (AP) - More than 50 school district superintendents, industry leaders and education experts are testifying before the State Board of Education as it mulls implementation of new high school graduation requirements.

Members are devising new standards under a curriculum overhaul overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature this summer.

It reduced how many standardized tests high school students must pass. It also rewrote course requirements to promote vocational training, rather than strictly college-prep classes.

The debate over graduation standards can be fierce.

But it should be overshadowed by a second public hearing later Tuesday on new science books up for board approval.

That process has sparked an outcry from some conservatives. They want creationism, or that a higher power made the universe, taught along with the theory of evolution in science classes statewide.

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