FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/28/2013
Texas House Passes House Bill 5
On Tuesday of this week, I and my fellow Representatives passed H.B. 5 out of the House, in a 147-2 vote, with broad bipartisan support. The bill, which I co-authored, improves education in 3 critical ways: It gives students more flexibility to explore their individual interests as they prepare for higher education and the workforce; it reduces the burden of standardized tests, which play too large a role in our education system; and it provides new measures to make our schools more accountable.
Chairman Aycock, the bill's author and House Public Education Chairman, and I believe that this bill gives all Texas students the opportunities they need to succeed in life by offering multiple rigorous pathways in high school. Our goal is to prepare all students for success, not just those going to four-year colleges. Research shows that young people stay engaged in education when they believe it is relevant to their lives, and this bill gives students more opportunities to explore the subjects that interest and motivate them. The bill will also make Texas students better prepared for the jobs that Texas employers are struggling to fill.
A new state rating system would measure schools on academic performance, financial performance, and community and student engagement. All three ratings would be released at the same time to provide a clearer understanding of a school's overall track record. It would use the understandable labels of A, B, C, D and F.
The current one-size-fits-all model for high school does not fit the needs of every child, which is a problem for our students and our economy. Texas is a great place to do business, but our workforce is aging, and our schools aren’t producing nearly enough skilled workers to fill the gap. This bill provides flexibility for students to develop their individual talents and pursue jobs that match those talents. I am very proud of my fellow members who came together to ensure that a meaningful and productive education reform bill be moved, and I look forward to continue working on these issues with our Senate counterparts.
State Representative Dan Huberty was re-elected to serve House District 127 on November 6, 2012. He proudly serves on the Public Education and State Affairs committees.
Contact: Casey Christman