Major Education Bills Headed to Governor's Desk

Two major education bills — Senate Bill 2, which expands the state's charter school system, and House Bill 5, which changes high school testing and graduation requirements — are headed to the governor's desk after clearing the Legislature on Sunday night. 

Neither measure generated much debate as lawmakers finally approved them after months of committee hearings and contentious behind-the-scenes negotiations.

HB 5, from House Public Education Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, passed both chambers unanimously, with members of both the House and Senate who had previously opposed the bills explaining why they now supported them. 

State Rep. Mark Strama, the ...

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