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East Texas educators partner with businesses to develop curriculum for next school year

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Next school year high school students can look forward to a few changes in the classroom that could potentially pave the way for their future.

"Every student has different desires and interests and now with house bill five teachers can tailor using plans based on each child and meet the job requirements in that region," said Trent Ashby, State Representative District 57.

Wednesday business and community leaders came together to discuss implementing new graduation requirements and curriculum to meet the standards of House Bill 5.

"House Bill 5 no longer has the one graduation plan it has once foundation plan but has five different endorsements," said Mary Ann Whiteker, Superintendent, Hudson ISD.

Superintendent, Hudson ISD Mary Ann Whiteker says each student will have a specific focus and can choose from stem, business and industry, public service, arts and humanities and multi-disciplinary study for undecided students.

The bill will reduce the number of end of course exams shifting student focus from testing to career readiness.

 Community leaders discussed what skill sets businesses are looking for and what learning experience different businesses can offer students for life after high school.

"Curriculum must be designed around what their needs are so we are able to provide a quality work force," said Whiteker.

Officials hope communication between schools and businesses will allow them to develop the best courses for students in east Texas.

"We provide to the state of Texas what we would like to see and how its presented rather than it coming down from the top and being presented to us," said Jerry Huffman, President, Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber.

Students that choose to take algebra two have the opportunity to get a distinguished on their diploma, which would qualify them to be in the top ten percent of their class.

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