House leaders announced an $800-million plan to improve Texas’ school funding system this session, without waiting for a court ruling that could require a major overhaul.
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When Dr. Walter Stroup showed that Texas’ standardized testing regime is ﬂawed, the testing company struck back.
House Bill 5, Perry said, “strikes an appropriate balance between our need for rigorous academic standards and the student’s need for flexibility, a balance between our needs for accountability and the appropriate level of testing in the classroom.”
Late on the session’s next-to-last day, the House passed the session’s two biggest education bills, expanding charter schools and cutting high school testing.
Each of the last two sessions, House members shot down the Senate’s proposals for raising Texas’ cap on charter schools—but a vote this afternoon put an end to the curse, as the House approved Senate Bill 2.
The Senate’s plan for charter school expansion went before members of the House, which has been a graveyard for similar plans in recent years.
After hearing more than 100 amendments, only Rep. Mark Strama (Austin-D) and Rep. Naomi Gonzalez (El Paso-D) voted against HB 5.
After a lengthy debate, lawmakers may have settled the most divisive question facing them in today’s school testing bill debate: whether high school students should, by default, be placed on a pathways to college preparation.
Aycock’s House Bill 5 is a monstrous reworking of the education code that finally commits to legalese the testing and accountability reforms he and other lawmakers have batted around for the last year or so. Still, Aycock stressed this morning that it’s only meant as a starting point.
Meet the promising newbies and the veterans in bigger roles during the 2013 Texas Legislature.