Employers urge state lawmakers to increase graduation requirements

Sixteen Texas businesses and business organizations have penned a letter to members of the Texas legislature asking them to increase, not decrease, graduation requirements. Texas Association of Business President Bill Hammond says students currently have to take a recommended plan or graduate in the top 10 percent to get into a four-year school. "Under the legislation that's proposed," says Hammond, "a student unfortunately could take a much less rigorous course of study and, even without his parents' permission, graduate with this course of study and wind up at a four-year school much less likely to successfully complete the school." Hammond notes that they're not opposed to eliminating some of the end of course exams but says it's critical they keep English, Writing, Lab Sciences, Algebra 2 and Geometry.

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