House Bill 5 passes after hours of debate

House Bill 5 passes after hours of debate
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 8:34pm

There have been a lot of complaints about standarized testing and the burden that it puts on both students and teachers.
A bill that passed the Texas House of Representatives aims to move away from a 'one size fits all approach'.

They debated for eight hours Tuesday over House Public Education Chair Jimmie Don Aycock's proposed bill that would restructure how students are evaluated and change high school graduation requirements.

House Bill 5 now goes to the Senate. But what's in this bill that made for so much debate?

The bill reduces standardized testing from 15 times during a student's career to five. It would also give students a choice of 5 curriculum paths. Some lawmakers argue the bill is lowering standards by losing the requirement that students take Algebra II.

Aycock argues the opposite.

"I believe when you give children relevance, they will soar high; they will soar to greatness. This is about informed consent of parents and their children -- parental involvement. This is about good family decision that are approriate for every child in Texas."

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