FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 01/13/2017
Statement on House Bill 966
Austin, TX - This morning, State Representative Dan Huberty filed House Bill (HB) 966 to remove the expiration on Individual Graduation Committees (IGC) created by Senate Bill (SB) 149 in the 84th Legislative Session. With approval from these committees, high school seniors who have passed all of their coursework, but have failed to pass an end-of-course exam, can still receive approval to graduate on time.
Data from the Texas Education Agency for the 2014-2015 school year reports that 12,077 students qualified for an IGC, of which, approximately 50% percent were recommended for graduation. While the large majority of these students had failed either the English II or US History exams, they were otherwise successful in school. HB 966 would extend that same opportunity to even more students facing the possibility of not graduating.
At today's press conference, Huberty added, "we clearly know that this [legislation] is working. We have given our schools one more tool for student success. It is our responsibility to extend this same option to future students."
HB 966 is one of several pieces of education-related legislation filed by Representative Huberty for the 85th Session. In his fourth term representing District 127, Huberty remains dedicated to addressing the many issues and challenges that lie ahead for his constituents and all Texans.