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Summary: HB 1831 would create a new open-enrollment charter school for individuals between the ages of 19-50 who have not received a high school degree or industry specific certification to address the need of about 2,000,000 individuals in this situation in Texas (Fiscal Note). The Texas Education Agency would govern this pilot program that would assist a maximum of 150 students per year and provide an exit exam to assess successful completion.
Analysis: HB 1831 would create an obligation for the state to educate adults beyond the traditional high school age, creating a new dependency on the government for adult education. Charitable organizations currently address the need for assisting adults who need a high school diploma or the high school equivalency. Therefore, we oppose HB 1831 on the grounds that it expands government’s scope.