Let the “STAAR wars” begin

Under legislation introduced Wednesday by the new chairman of the state House Public Education Committee, the number of exams required to graduate from high school, known as the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, would drop from 15 to 5.

“That number is up for debate. I had to pick a number and start somewhere,” said state Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, who was named chairman last week.

And the debate is expected to be heated.