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Superintendent: Pending Education Bill Could Impact Summer Courses

Texas lawmakers have sent a major education bill to the Governor. Supporters, especially parents frustrated with testing in schools, are waiting to see if it becomes law or not. The waiting game may also affect districts and students in Houston.


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The regular school year is winding down. But summer school is starting soon. And what happens with a major education bill could impact how students pick their summer courses.

Duncan Klussmann is the superintendent of Spring Branch Independent School District.

“Our high schools are signing up students right now for summer school courses. So it would be very helpful to know exactly which graduation plans those students are going to be under as they take those courses this summer.”

That’s because the pending legislation changes what courses students need to graduate. It gives them more flexibility.

For example, speech wouldn’t be a separate requirement anymore.

“We may have students who are signing up for a half a semester of speech this summer to get ahead, who wouldn’t need to take that course and that skillset would be incorporated in their language arts classes.”

Klussmann says in particular 11th graders moving onto senior year will have some choices.

That’s one reason why parents and school administrators are anxious to see what Gov. Rick Perry does with the bill.

“If it’s enacted immediately, there are significant cost savings to students, to families and to school districts.”

Lucy Nashed with the governor’s office says he is reviewing the final bill, just like all the other legislation sent to his desk.

Sunday, June 16th is the last day the governor can sign or veto a bill.

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