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Thursday, December 19, 2013

TEA posts proposed rules for high school graduation

As we anxiously wait for the State Board of Education to meet January 29-31, 2014, beginning tomorrow (December 20), the public comment period involving proposed rules for high school graduation in Texas begins. You can make public comment until the SBOE meeting in January.

Texas Education Agency has posted the proposed SBOE rules that will govern high school graduation requirements. You may submit public comments on the proposed rules to rules@tea.state.tx.us. It is anticipated that the SBOE will vote to adopt the final rules at their January meeting.

Recommended changes include:
•Speech is no longer mandated as a graduation requirement leaving it as a local option.
•Districts are given local control to determine a coherent sequence of courses for an endorsement area provided that prerequisites are met.
•Subject to some prerequisite requirements, Algebra II is no longer required for every endorsement, only for the STEM endorsement.
•Clarification that dual credit courses may be offered at or in conjunction with an institution of higher education.

Link to all potential changes here.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

New Braunfels ISD School Board approves purchasing welding system

Market employment trends indicate that welding skills are highly valued and sought after in the South Texas area. Many New Braunfels High School students are interested in welding and possible future employment in this field. Students can acquire these skills at NBHS by taking Agriculture Mechanics and Agriculture Power Systems.

Members of the New Braunfels ISD Board of Trustees approved on August 19, 2013 to spend more than $57,000 to upgrade the welding booth system at NBHS. This move will better position us to meet industry standards and to support students who are pursuing careers in welding.

If you know of a NBHS student interested in welding, have them contact the CTE office at 830-643-5720.