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Reinventing Texas Education: Back-to-School Means Big Changes for Texas Students

Back-to-school in 2014 means big changes for students in Texas. Incoming freshmen will follow new high school graduation plans that include majors — or endorsements. Plus, there’s less standardized testing and more vocational classes. It’s all part of HB5, or House Bill 5. The new law makes some of the biggest changes to education in […]

Reinventing Texas EducationBack-to-school in 2014 means big changes for students in Texas.Â

Incoming freshmen will follow new high school graduation plans that include majors — or endorsements. Plus, there’s less standardized testing and more vocational classes.

It’s all part of HB5, or House Bill 5. The new law makes some of the biggest changes to education in decades. Houston Public Media’s education reporter Laura Isensee took an in-depth look at the changes in a series called Reinventing Texas Education. She joins us to talk about the series, to discuss what she learned and share some additional excerpts from her interviews.

Plus, we hear from one of the educators featured in the series: HD Chambers, Superintendent of Alief ISD.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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