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July 20, 2013

Lawmaker: Let school boards decide on curriculums

AUSTIN, Texas — The architect of a new law overhauling high school standardized testing and curriculum requirements is asking the State Board of Education to leave implementation up to local school boards whenever possible.

Republican state Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock chairs the House Public Education Committee. He told the board Friday that the new curriculum stresses flexibility, but worried its members will include too many required courses when designing the new system.

Aycock added that teachers of different subjects would "bombard" members with arguments for why their courses were vital for the new curriculum. He said local school boards should decide what to include.

Designed to give more course flexibility for youngsters who want vocational training, the law also cuts from 15 to five the number of state-mandated standardized tests in high school.

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