State senators are discussing a much-watched plan to rate public schools statewide by letter grades A through F.
The proposal is cheered by conservatives and seems likely to pass despite Democratic reservations.
The Senate Education Committee considered a letter-grade bill by its chairman, Republican Larry Taylor, while hearing several top classroom bills Thursday.
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Supporters say grades are easy to understand and will spur parents to force changes at failing schools. Schools are currently rated on a "met standards" or "needs improvement" pass-fail system.
Texas has already approved implementing a letter grade system for school districts but not individual campuses.
Democrats on the committee say they worry that attending an F-graded school could stigmatize students. They also argued that poor ratings say more about inadequate state classroom funding than education quality.