Forced volunteers – OK’d by House panel

All students at state universities in Texas would have to volunteer for 28 hours in one semester to earn a diploma under a bill approved by the state House Higher Education Committee, the Houston Chronicle reported Feb. 23.

Citizenship and community spirit are critical lessons that can’t be taught in a classroom, said the bill’s author, Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine.

Some students and lawmakers, however, said volunteerism must be voluntary.

Under the bill HB 791, students would be required to complete their community service under the supervision of a nonprofit group, government agency or other group serving “needy or deserving individuals or the public.”

The requirement would apply to students enrolling after Sept. 1.

For full story, go to the Houston Chronicle.

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