The Texas Legislature heard the voices of parents, students, teachers, and employers.

The Texas House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly, 145-2, to reduce high-stakes testing.

Under the legislation, the number of tests required for high school graduation would be reduced from 15 (the highest in the nation) to five.

The Texas Senate earlier passed a bill to cut back on testing,

As former Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott said last year, the testing industry in Texas turned into a vampire. Only weeks ago, at the mass Save Texas Schools rally in front of the State Capitol, he called testing “the flea that wags the tail that wags the dog.”

Legislators are talking about getting some flea powder.