In 2015, the Texas legislature created an alternative path for students to graduate. With the passage of Senate Bill 149 by state Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, students who failed to satisfy the traditional state graduation requirements could appeal for a different way forward. These students could appeal to individual graduation committees to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. These committees are comprised of parents, teachers and administrators. This solution was temporary, however. The initial legislation only extended the lives of these committees to Sept. 1 of this year.