There is growing chatter in Austin that House Bill 5, which restructures Texas' high-school curriculum and slashes the number of standardized tests, will be vetoed by Gov. Rick Perry before the June 16 deadline.
The bill has been wildly popular with legislators, educators, parents and, not surprisingly, with students fatigued by so many high-stakes tests. It would cut the number they take from 15 to five.
Even so, the influential Capitol-insider blog Quorum Report wrote Wednesday of the "growing conviction that Governor Perry is likely veto HB5."
Why would Perry do such a thing? Who knows. He hasn't done anything yet. But it might be significant that in 2011, as the Legislature was slashing $5.4 billion from public education, the state awarded a five-year, $470 million contract to the company that writes and administers Texas' standardized tests - Pearson Education.
Update: Perry spokesman Josh Havens on Thursday left the door open to a veto when asked about the matter.
"Well, speculation is just that," he said in an email. "The governor is still looking at the bill and we will let you know once he takes action on it."