Texas legislative education chairs fight Algebra II requirement

Friday, November 22, 2013

Efforts to require that most Texas high school students take Algebra II under new graduation standards suffered a blow Wednesday when the chairmen of the House and Senate education committees flatly rejected the idea.

House Public Education Committee chairman Jimmie Don Aycock and Senate Education Committee chairman Dan Patrick made a surprise appearance at a State Board of Education meeting to urge that the proposal be scrapped. The lawmakers said the Legislature opposed such a requirement when it passed a sweeping curriculum and testing law earlier this year.

The warnings came as the board considers new graduation standards and course requirements that will be implemented next fall. The most debated proposal before the board would require all students except for those on the minimum graduation plan to take Algebra II.

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