AUSTIN (March 26, 2013)--The Texas House passed a sweeping public education overhaul package after nine hours of often-fierce debate Tuesday.
By a 145-2 vote, lawmakers approved House Bill 5, sponsored by State Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, which would allow students to graduate without having to take Algebra II or other advanced math and science classes.
It would also cut the number of standardized tests students have to pass from 15 to five.
The overhaul is intended to give more flexibility to students who want to focus on vocational training rather than getting ready for college.
Lawmakers slogged through 165 proposed amendments to the bill over nine hours, but the bill was approved Tuesday night with little major changes.
It now goes to the state Senate.
Aycock chairs the House Public Education Committee.