HB 5 to change high school graduation requirements
AUSTIN, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Governor Rick Perry signed House Bill 5 into law Monday, June 10 in Austin.
HB 5 will reduce the number of exit exams for high schools from 15 to five making significant changes to the current graduation requirements for Texas students.
"The legislation I signed today strikes a balance between our need for rigorous academic standards and a student's need for flexibility, and between accountability and a appropriate level of texting in the classroom.," Gov. Perry stated in a press release.
Gov. Perry said that in order for the HB 5 to succeed, local school districts, community colleges and universities must work together to develop proper and relevant courses to prepare high school students for post-secondary education.
The Texas Senate unanimously approved the bill 31-0 after it was passed by the House last month.
A committee composed of senate and house representatives will work together on any differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.
To view the bill, click on the PDF file below.