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After a sandstorm of education bills swept through the last few weeks of the Lone Star State's eighty-third legislative session, the dust cleared to reveal the passage of five major education bills:
The big battle that was won: As Greg Richmond of NACSA reports, SB 2 is quality legislation that promotes both growth and accountability; in addition to raising the cap on charter contracts, it strengthens the application process and creates a default closure mechanism for failed schools. The big battle that was lost: HB 5 is a major setback. As Checker Finn warned when the bill cleared the House in April, by scrapping ten of its fifteen end-of-course exams and weakening the 4x4 default curriculum, Texas “essentially forfeits uniform academic expectations and returns to the days when individual districts, schools, and teachers decided which students get diploma credit for which classes”—creating a disincentive for districts, especially those serving poor and minority students, to offer rigorous courses.
Thanks to Matt Prewett of the Texas Parents Union for his insight into the state-of-play of the education bills.