AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas House passed House Bill 2 late Tuesday night, and was praised for its “forward-thinking approach” to improving public education by the research director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

“House Bill 2 brings together key reforms that will improve our public schools by raising academic standards and increasing financial accountability,” said Chris Patterson.

She said reforms such as moving the school board election date to November will increase public participation in the schools. Patterson praised both House Speaker Tom Craddick and House Public Education Committee chairman Kent Grusendorf for their leadership in promoting the much-needed reforms.

“End of course exams and college readiness tests will help parents better track their child’s progress,” she added. “House Bill 2 opens the door to strong academic achievement by forcing more money to the classroom and away from wasteful bureaucracies.”