Lawmakers defend curriculum reform at Board of Ed

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two powerful state lawmakers are making an unusual joint appearance at the board of education to oppose requirements that most high school students take Algebra II.

State Sen. Dan Patrick chairs the Senate Education Committee. He addressed members Wednesday night with his House counterpart Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock.

The pair co-sponsored a curriculum overhaul approved this summer by the Legislature, which the board is now implementing.

It rewrote course requirements to promote vocational training, rather than strictly college-prep classes.

The law doesn't require taking Algebra II. During hours of testimony Wednesday, some experts told the board it "dumbs down" curriculum.

But Patrick and Aycock argued that lawmakers never intended to require Algebra II.

They appeared in person to implore that the board not change that component of the law.