hb 5 http://kut.org en Texas Representatives Hear Update On HB 5 Implementation http://kut.org/post/texas-representatives-hear-update-hb-5-implementation <p>Lawmakers were at the Texas Capitol Wednesday talking about the implementation of House Bill 5, the bill that changes graduation requirements and reduces the number of end of course exams for high school students&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The meeting gave lawmakers an opportunity to express concerns with the new standards, while teachers, superintendents and education officials gave a status update on implementation.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 23:48:47 +0000 Kate McGee 10045 at http://kut.org Texas Representatives Hear Update On HB 5 Implementation Fewer Social Studies Requirements for Texas Students Worry Advocates http://kut.org/post/fewer-social-studies-requirements-texas-students-worry-advocates <p><span style="font-size:16pt; line-height:200%; font-family:'Times New Roman'">The State Board of Education will make its final decision today on new high school graduation requirements. The changes come after state lawmakers passed a bill last year that reduces the number of required courses to graduate. Among the changes: students only have to take three social studies classes to graduate instead of four.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:16pt; line-height:200%; font-family:'Times New Roman'">In the early 1990s, Texas became the first state to require students to take four social studies classes to graduate. The change back to three has some worried that Texas students won’t be as prepared for an increasingly global society.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/132356917&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:48:43 +0000 Kate McGee 9686 at http://kut.org Fewer Social Studies Requirements for Texas Students Worry Advocates