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Texas poised to go backward on education standards

Special to the Star-Telegram, By Bill Hammond, 03/30/13 –

Bill_HammondWhy is the Texas House determined to weaken high school graduation requirements?

The Foundation Diploma, created by HB5 to let students select one of four paths to graduation, only weakens graduation requirements, no longer making students take Algebra II or advanced science courses. It would erase the progress we have made in Texas closing the gaps between student groups.

Since Texas created its current requirements, called the Recommended Plan, high school graduation rates have increased and the performance gap between white students and minority students and the economically disadvantaged has shrunk.

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