FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/08/2013
REYNOLDS FILES HB 2540 WHICH WILL HELP TEXAS STUDENTS BE BETTER PREPARED FOR COLLEGE
REYNOLDS FILES HB 2540 WHICH WILL HELP TEXAS STUDENTS BE BETTER PREPARED FOR COLLEGE AND THE WORKFORCE
AUSTIN (March 8, 2013)--Recently, State Representative Ron Reynolds (District 27-Fort Bend County) filed HB 2540 which will create a new High School Graduation Plan with meaningful flexibility for our Texas students. The bill will continue to require our students to take their basic core foundation courses, but it will also provide them the opportunity to take additional courses that will prepare them for a career path.
"Over the past 10 years many of the policies that have been passed by this legislature have set our students up to fail from the first day they entered into high school. The overabundance of high stakes testing has led our students, teachers and high schools down the wrong path. We must put into place a meaningful graduation path with some flexibility, that will lead to success for all students, whether they choose to go to a junior college, a four year college, or straight into the workforce," stated Reynolds.
The Meaningful Graduation Plan will allow students to specialize or pursue "endorsements" while taking their core courses in high school. They will have an opportunity to graduate with an endorsement in four different areas: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Business and Industry, Human Services, or Humanities. Various local leaders such as superintendents, school board trustees, educators and parents helped craft this important legislation.
"Currently, high schools in Texas are losing 1 in 4 students, 26 percent of our students are not graduating. An uneducated workforce is detrimental to the economic stability of our state. What we are currently doing in our schools is clearly not working. We need to re-vamp the system, bring learning and creativity back into the classroom, and stop spending 47 days out of the school year "teaching to the test". I look forward to working with my colleagues to find a way to keep our students engaged and in school, and help them get better prepared for the bright futures that they have ahead of them," commented Reynolds.