1-1     By:  West (Senate Sponsor - Bivins)                   H.B. No. 1468

 1-2           (In the Senate - Received from the House May 12, 1997;

 1-3     May 13, 1997, read first time and referred to Committee on

 1-4     Education; May 16, 1997, reported adversely, with favorable

 1-5     Committee Substitute by the following vote:  Yeas 9, Nays 0;

 1-6     May 16, 1997, sent to printer.)

 1-7     COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR H.B. No. 1468                  By:  Bivins

 1-8                            A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

 1-9                                   AN ACT

1-10     relating to the Ector County Independent School District model

1-11     career-targeted transition program.


1-13           SECTION 1.  Subchapter F, Chapter 29, Education Code, is

1-14     amended by adding Section 29.186 to read as follows:

1-15           Sec. 29.186.  PILOT PROJECT.  (a)  The Ector County

1-16     Independent School District may conduct a pilot project for a

1-17     career-targeted program.

1-18           (b)  The program may develop, implement, and assess a high

1-19     school program with an integrated curriculum to provide high school

1-20     graduates with the elements necessary to develop a strong work

1-21     ethic, academic, technological, and communications skills, the

1-22     ability to work as part of a team, and specific career goals and

1-23     skills.  The program must provide students with the information and

1-24     training necessary for competency in curriculum areas and must

1-25     assess student competency.

1-26           (c)  Notwithstanding any other provision of this code, the

1-27     program shall:

1-28                 (1)  offer a curriculum consistent with Sec. 28.002

1-29     (a);

1-30                 (2)  establish graduation requirements consistent with

1-31     rules adopted under 28.025 but which reflect integrated curriculum

1-32     and course requirements;

1-33                 (3)  administer the assessment instrument required

1-34     under 39.023 (b); and

1-35                 (4)  be exempt from administering assessment

1-36     instruments required under 39.023 (c).

1-37           (d)  Using state funds appropriated for that purpose, the

1-38     agency shall monitor, evaluate and assess the development and

1-39     implementation of the program.

1-40           (e)  This section expires August 31, 2007.

1-41           SECTION 2.  The importance of this legislation and the

1-42     crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an

1-43     emergency and an imperative public necessity that the

1-44     constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several

1-45     days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended,

1-46     and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its

1-47     passage, and it is so enacted.

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