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April 5, 2013 - Volume 33 Issue 17

The Texas House approved H.B. 5 that reduces from 15 to five the number of end-of-course exams needed for graduation from high school. The bill also replaces the current "4x4" graduation plan -- four years of English, math, science, and social studies -- with several different paths to a diploma. The aim is to increase flexibility for students, particularly those seeking career training. (Austin American-Statesman, 03/26/13)


“The lion and the calf shall lie down together but the calf won't get much sleep. “ - Woody Allen (1935 -),  American film director and actor.



“In an effort to break the pattern of habitual absenteeism and the negative consequences that follow for some of our state’s younger children, I direct that child protective services take concerted action in investigating and assessing educational neglect with respect to referrals made regarding children who are 11 years old or younger and who have 10 or more unexcused absences.” – DHHR Secretary Rocco Fucillo

“I feel very confident that this will make a significant impact, and as we move forward in implementation of this policy, we’ll see a reduction in truancy as the years go on, because if we’re reaching those children between ages of five and 11, there should be less of those becoming teenagers that are truant.” – Rocco Fucillo

“This bill repeals 26 outdated, overly prescriptive or ineffective sections of code. The bill received strong, bipartisan support in the Committee on Education, and I think it will go a long way to restore the authority, flexibility and capacity of schools and school systems to improve student learning.” – House Education Chairwoman Mary Poling on a bill the House approved

“I believe bringing people out of the central office would add a lot to the functioning and capability of the school system.” – Delegate Roy Cooper on a bill to require central office administrators to be available as substitute teachers at least three days a year

“I’m very glad Senate Bill 359 passed. I’ve been beaten up pretty hard. I’ve had people I’ve grown up with that won’t speak to me – graduates of Scott High School Class of ’73 that I thought would be buddies the rest of our lives. And because I voted for the Senate education bill, they won’t speak to me.” – Sen. Ron Stollings on the big education reform bill

“We do a good job, as Voltaire said, of turning beef into baloney, but at the end of the day, it’s still edible.” – Delegate Don Perdue on the legislative process





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