Glen Rose High School students, along with other public school students throughout the state, will be presented with new graduation requirements this year.

House Bill (HB) 3, which will take effect on Sept. 1, was passed during the 81st Texas Legislature and addresses new graduation requirements for seniors.

Dianne Habluetzel, director of curriculum, instruction and federal programs at Glen Rose Independent School District, presented the HB 3 information to the school board during its July monthly meeting.

"They were trying to free up elective credits," she said.

According to the Texas Association of School Boards Web site, the elective credits for the Recommended and Distinguished programs increased, while the physical education and fine arts requirements dropped.

Students will still be required to have a minimum of two years of language other than English.

"It doesn't do enough for distinguished or minimum plans," Habluetzel said.

While the state may have dropped requirements for students, local school government can still supersede the decision and add required credits for graduation.

"Whatever law is in effect we will be in compliance with it," GRISD Superintendent Wayne Rotan said.

Habluetzel said a second update should be available for the school board in September or early October.