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Texas Board Votes to Ax Algebra 2 Graduation Rule
The Texas board of education has given preliminary approval to dropping Algebra 2 as a requirement for high school graduation, over the objections of critics who say the state is watering down academic standards.
Eliminating the mandate for most students was part of a major overhaul of graduation, standardized testing, and curriculum requirements unanimously approved by the Texas legislature in May.
The vote means Algebra 2 would be required of students who want "distinguished" degrees, which allow them to qualify for automatic admission to any public university in Texas, and of students who choose diploma plans that focus on science, technology, engineering, or math.
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