HB 678

86(R) - 2019
House Public Education
Senate Education
House Public Education
Senate Education

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive


Ryan Guillen
Mary Gonzalez


Steve Toth


Beverly Powell

Bill Caption

Relating to the public high school graduation credit requirements for a language other than English.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 678 would allow for an American Sign Language course taken in elementary school to count as a foreign language credit in high school. Under current law, high school students need two foreign language credits in order to graduate. A dual language immersion program taken in elementary school can be counted as one foreign language credit, which was passed into law during the 85th legislative session. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action recommends supporting HB 678 because it promotes our principle of individual liberty. This bill would give students more options to obtain credit required to graduate high school. 

Organizations Supporting

Coalition of Texans with Disabilities
Disability Rights Texas