Algebra II is no longer among the courses that most students must take to graduate from Texas public schools after a nearly unanimous final vote from the State Board of Education on Friday.
The 15-member board also approved two new high-level math courses students can take as an alternative: statistics and algebraic reasoning. Both will be designed — by local schools with the Texas Education Agency's guidance — to be as rigorous as algebra II.
The final vote was 14-1, with only board member Martha Dominguez, D-El Paso, voting against repealing algebra II as a graduation requirement.
Dominguez said her vote ...