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UPDATE ON House Bill 3

May 19, 2009

The education accountability bill is finally headed to conference committee, though the conferees have yet to be named. See the article below, which is taken from the TSTA summary on it is website. 

 

Senate Sets Up Accountability Showdown with House

The Texas Senate today (Wednesday) passed on final reading the committee substitute to House Bill 3, the accountability bill. The Senate Education Committee simply substituted that chamber’s measure, Senate Bill 3, for HB 3, and the full Senate unanimously concurred after adopting one amendment by Education Committee Chair Florence Shapiro, R-Plano. The amendment would reduce the number of high school elective credits in SB 3 from eight to six and would require one credit in fine arts and one credit in physical education. Although HB 3 and SB 3 were identical when they began, the respective committees and full chambers made changes in both. A House-Senate conference committee now will have to reconcile the differences between the two bills.

It seems evident the G/T accountability language is not in the Senate version of the bill described, since it was not in the original Senate bill. TAGT will work to try to get that language included in the compromise measure. Watch the TAGT website (www.txgifted.org) for up-to-date information!

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