LUBBOCK, TX—Moms, dads, businessmen, and local educators met Tuesday in Lubbock to discuss the anniversary of House Bill 5 - an education improvement plan for public schools in Texas.
Marty Rowley, District 15 Representative of the State Board of Education - including Lubbock - said that House Bill 5 was designed to provide flexible pathways for students after high school. Rowley was the keynote speaker at the meeting hosted by the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce. He also said that he has already seen the impact of House Bill 5 in Lubbock.
“I think in Lubbock and all across my district, 77 counties, we've seen it being embraced and implemented,” Rowley said. “Certainly it presents a level of challenges, but I think all school districts are stepping up to that challenge and recognizing that this is an important measure in helping Texas education be stronger.”
“Hopefully what they heard is that Texas education is doing a really good job,” Rowley said after the meeting. “And House Bill 5 is going to let it do an even better job.”
HB 5 gives Texas high school students more options for becoming college ready or instead pursuing vocational training.
The Chamber's meeting also addressed other challenges and proposed solutions in the Texas public education system.