The Senate Education Committee passed Senate Bill 3, relating to curriculum requirements for public high school graduation. The version passed by the committee would eliminate the minimum high school diploma in Texas and require all students to choose from four new graduation plans – including a business and industry concentration. All students would be required to obtain at least 26 credits to graduate and most students would be able to take more elective courses. The current minimum plan requires only 22 credits. SB 3 now moves to the full Senate for debate.
State Board of Education Chair Barbara Cargill was confirmed Wednesday by the Texas Senate. Cargill’s confirmation comes after the past two SBOE Chairs failed to receive sufficient votes for confirmation.
The Texas House will debate the HB 10, the first supplemental appropriations bill today on the House floor.
Rep. Mark Strama (D-Austin) announced that he will not seek another term in the Texas House. He is considering other options, including a run for local office. Strama has served in the Texas House since 2005.