Diploma bill shouldn’t pass

Two Tarrant County lawmakers should be commended for their votes on Senate bill 149.

Sens. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, and Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, bucked not only their party but also the Senate as a whole, casting the only two votes against Sen. Ken Seliger’s well-intended but problematic education bill.

The measure would ease graduation requirements for close to 30,000 Texas high school seniors who have failed up to two of five required state assessments, allowing them to graduate anyway if a committee of educators determined they met other qualifications.

Unfortunately, the bill would do a disservice to those students it purports to help, permitting them to graduate without having proved they have obtained the skills and knowledge achieved by the majority of their peers.

It would also devalue diplomas for all the students who passed all five tests.

The bill now moves to the House. Hopefully more members in that body will be inspired by the bold opposition of Hancock and Nelson.