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Powerful Central Texas Lawmaker Introduces School Accountability Bill

State Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen (File photo)

State Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen (File photo)

AUSTIN (February 6, 2013)—State Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, has introduced a bill that would overhaul the public school accountability and graduation system in Texas.

Aycock's legislation would allow high school students to specialize in their coursework, overhaul the standardized test system and change how public schools are rated.

Aycock is the chairman of the House Public Education Committee and many of the recommendations are in line with suggestions from the Texas Education Agency.

Under the proposal, students could earn a special endorsement on their diplomas after meeting certain basic requirements.

They would also only have to take five tests instead of 15 to graduate, and schools would receive grades A through F based on more than just test results.

The public can comment on the proposal when it comes up in committee.

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