ATPE supports new high school graduation requirements

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AUSTIN, (KXAN) –The Association of Texas Professional Educators said in a statement released Friday, the Board of Education has made a “good start” to a more rigorous curriculum with the new high school graduation requirements.

The State Board of Education finalized the rules on Texas’s new high school graduation requirements and the ATPE State President Ginger Franks said the ATPE is ready to assist in this educational endeavor. Her statement reads:

“HB 5 makes the most significant changes to the high school graduation requirements since 2006, and when you make sweeping changes like these, it often takes time to iron out the kinks. What the board has done today represents a good start to the adjustment period. Together, SBOE and the Legislature have struck a new balance between course options and academic rigor. With these changes, it will become even more important for districts, counselors and teachers to implement good policies and practices in order to help students navigate their new options and achieve their best possible futures.”

“The Texas Education Agency and SBOE must now attend to the creation of additional rigorous course options, particularly in math, that add relevance to our students’ experiences while still challenging them to excel in a completive global economy. ATPE members stand ready to assist the agencies in this endeavor.”

ATPE has more than 100,000 members. Franks is a special education teacher in Martinsville ISD.

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