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Texas' school reform law of 1984 still touches millions of students

Three decades after it became law, the landmark schools package passed by the Legislature in the summer of 1984 still affects Texas children and teachers every day — and fuels ongoing debates about education in the state.

The no-pass, no-play rule, the 22-pupil limit in elementary schools, prekindergarten classes for disadvantaged children and high school graduation tests were all provisions of the law, pushed by Dallas billionaire Ross Perot.

One accidental provision — a bill drafting error that established state funding for full-day kindergarten — caused hundreds of school districts to switch from half-day to full-day classes in fall 1984 before the Legislature had a chance to come back in 1985 and correct the mistake.   

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