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Texas House Bill 5 Outlines Graduation Requirements For Incoming Freshman

Big Spring, TX (Big 2 News) - Incoming freshman to Big Spring High School next year are going to have to start thinking about their future and their career.
Big Spring, TX (Big 2 News) - Incoming freshman to Big Spring High School next year are going to have to start thinking about their future and their career.

"I have no clue," said Jori Halan, an 8th grader.

Others say they already know what they want to do.

"A hygienist, a dental hygienist," an 8th grader said.

Texas House Bill 5, which passed in 2012, outlines a new set of graduation plans for Texas students starting with freshman in the 2014-2015 school year.

"It's similar to what a college student would choose for their major area," said Pam Walker, a counselor for Big Spring High School.

But some parents disagree with the change saying high school is a time to explore your subject interests.

"I think the average of changing majors is three during the time you're in college so, to start as early as high school, I think it's a lot of pressure," said April Rankin, a parent of an 8th grader.

"I've change my mind like a million times about it so, I'm not for-sure and it kind of worries me already having to decide," Halan said.

House Bill 5 consists of a foundation plan for every student along with five endorsements a student can choose from.

"There's a lot more competition for jobs now that it'll prepare you more I guess," said Hannah Hudson, an 8th grader.

There are five paths students can choose from: science and technology, business, arts, public service or multidisciplinary studies.

"It is to help them choose the pathway that they choose for their career choices in their future," Walker said.

Some parents like the change.

"A little bit more informative, a little more hands on like it says. The training, the working," said Cindy Rosa, a parent of an 8th grader.

And for those students who can't decide on a career, they can still change their plan as long as they have time to complete it.

"And especially when they said that the further you get into high school, you won't have time to change, you're kind of locked in. I think that's limiting," Rankin said.

However, parents say it's a good thing to have high schoolers get a jump start on thinking about their future.

"Once they get to that senior year, it's like whoa, there I am, what am I gonna do?" Rosa said.


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