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No significant fiscal implication to the State.
Hutto ISD could choose to develop and implement a three-year high school
diploma plan, with the approval of the commissioner. Hutto ISD would
likely incur costs to develop the curriculum for a three-year diploma
plan. However, the costs would be voluntary. For every student that
graduated under the three-year plan in the preceding year, Hutto ISD
would receive full-day pre-kindergarten funding for two pre-kindergarten
We support the concept of a three-year high school diploma. Allowing students who are able to graduate in three years instead of four is a clear benefit to their individual liberty and has the added benefit of lowering the cost of public education.
Unfortunately, the reduced cost in this case is offset by applying the fourth year savings for three-year graduates to expanded pre-k programs at those schools. We have taken a firm position of opposition to expanding pre-k for a number of reasons which we have articulated in our analysis of HB 4.
Due to the fact that there are offsetting liberty principles at work in this bill we remain neutral on HB 2025
The Senate sponsor is Senator Schwertner.