The Austin Chamber of Commerce encourages Gov. Rick Perry to veto the Legislature’s bill to lower state graduation requirements. We encourage the Legislature to work with the governor to immediately craft a bill which will retain the good parts of House Bill 5 without lowering graduation expectations. Central Texas has tens of thousands of high-wage, high-skill jobs. We have to set up our children to be prepared for those opportunities.
Six years ago, the Texas Legislature overwhelmingly passed House Bill 3 to replace the four TAKS exit tests with a new system which would assess whether students had learned enough academic content in math, science and English to be prepared for post-secondary education and the high-performance workplace.
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Kendrick is the 2013 Austin Chamber of Commerce chair for education/talent development