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Governor Signs HB 5

On Monday, Governor Rick Perry signed into law HB 5 (Rep. Aycock), which reduces the number of end-of-course exams required for graduation from 15 to 5 and creates more flexible graduation plans for students.  A more detailed analysis of HB 5 will be available soon.

The Governor also signed five other education bills into law:

  • HB 809 (Rep. Davis) – Requires the Texas Workforce Commission to provide quarterly updates to TEA relating to current and projected employment opportunities. School districts will use the information to plan and implement career and technology education and training programs.
  • HB 842 (Rep. Bell) – Changes the College Credit Program by allowing a student the opportunity to earn credit for a course or activity that satisfies a requirement necessary to obtain an industry credential, certificate, or associate degree concurrently with the student’s high school diploma if the course is approved by the THECB.
  • HB 2201 (Rep. Farney) – Requires the SBOE to ensure that at least six career and technology courses, including a course in personal financial literacy, are approved by September 1, 2014 to satisfy a fourth credit in math.
  • HB 3662 (Rep. Clardy) – Creates the Texas Workforce Innovation Needs Program, which would provide certain school districts and institutions of higher education with the opportunity to establish innovative programs designed to prepare students for careers in areas of demand in Texas.
  • SB 441 (Sen. Birdwell) – Establishes the Texas Fast Start Program to identify and develop methods supporting competency-based, rapid-deployment education delivery models that maximize academic or workforce education credit from public junior and state colleges and technical institutions in order to expedite entry into the workforce.