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  By: Creighton, Paxton  S.B. No. 2124
         (In the Senate - Filed March 9, 2023; March 21, 2023, read
  first time and referred to Committee on Education; April 24, 2023,
  reported adversely, with favorable Committee Substitute by the
  following vote:  Yeas 12, Nays 0; April 24, 2023, sent to printer.)
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  COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR S.B. No. 2124 By:  Middleton
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
 
  relating to an advanced mathematics program for public school
  students in middle school.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter B, Chapter 28, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 28.029 to read as follows:
         Sec. 28.029.  MIDDLE SCHOOL ADVANCED MATHEMATICS PROGRAM.
  (a) To increase the number of students who complete advanced
  mathematics courses in high school, each school district and
  open-enrollment charter school shall develop an advanced
  mathematics program for middle school students that is designed to
  enable those students to enroll in Algebra I in eighth grade. 
         (b)  Under the program, subject to Subsection (c), a school
  district or open-enrollment charter school shall automatically
  enroll in an advanced mathematics course each sixth grade student
  who performed in the top 40 percent on:
               (1)  the fifth grade mathematics assessment instrument
  administered under Section 39.023(a); or
               (2)  a local measure that includes the student's fifth
  grade class ranking or a demonstrated proficiency in the student's
  fifth grade mathematics coursework. 
         (c)  The parent or guardian of a student described by
  Subsection (b) may opt the student out of automatic enrollment
  under that subsection.
         (d)  The commissioner may adopt rules to implement this
  section.
         SECTION 2.  As soon as practicable after the effective date
  of this Act, each school district or open-enrollment charter school
  shall develop the middle school advanced mathematics program
  required by Section 28.029, Education Code, as added by this Act.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2023.
 
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