By Seaman, Solis, Keffer, Zbranek,                     H.B. No. 660
                                A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 1-1                                   AN ACT
 1-2     relating to career and technology education and training.
 1-4           SECTION 1. Section 4.001(b), Education Code, is amended to
 1-5     read as follows:
 1-6           (b)  The objectives of public education are:
 1-7           OBJECTIVE 1:  Parents will be full partners with educators in
 1-8     the education of their children.
 1-9           OBJECTIVE 2:  Students will be encouraged and challenged to
1-10     meet their full educational potential.
1-11           OBJECTIVE 3:  Through enhanced dropout prevention efforts,
1-12     all students will remain in school until they obtain a high school
1-13     diploma.
1-14           OBJECTIVE 4:  A well-balanced and appropriate curriculum will
1-15     be provided to all students.
1-16           OBJECTIVE 5:  Qualified and highly effective personnel will
1-17     be recruited, developed, and retained.
1-18           OBJECTIVE 6:  The state's students will demonstrate exemplary
1-19     performance in comparison to national and international standards.
1-20           OBJECTIVE 7:  School campuses will maintain a safe and
1-21     disciplined environment conducive to student learning.
1-22           OBJECTIVE 8:  Educators will keep abreast of the development
1-23     of creative and innovative techniques in instruction and
1-24     administration using those techniques as appropriate to improve
1-25     student learning.
 2-1           OBJECTIVE 9:  Technology will be implemented and used to
 2-2     increase the effectiveness of student learning, instructional
 2-3     management, staff development, and administration.
 2-4           OBJECTIVE 10:  School districts will offer programs of study
 2-5     for broad career concentrations in areas of agriculture science
 2-6     technology, arts and communication, business education, family and
 2-7     consumer science, health occupations technology, trade and
 2-8     industry, and technology education that will prepare students for
 2-9     continued learning and postsecondary education in employment
2-10     settings.
2-11           SECTION 2. Section 11.251(b), Education Code, is amended to
2-12     read as follows:
2-13           (b)  The board shall adopt a policy to establish a
2-14     district- and campus-level planning and decision-making process
2-15     that will involve the professional staff of the district, parents,
2-16     and community members in establishing and reviewing the district's
2-17     and campuses' educational plans, goals, performance objectives, and
2-18     major classroom instructional programs.  The board shall establish
2-19     a procedure under which meetings are held regularly by
2-20     district- and campus-level planning and decision-making committees
2-21     that include representative professional staff, parents of students
2-22     enrolled in the district, business and industry representatives,
2-23     and community members.  The committees shall include a business and
2-24     industry representative [representatives,] without regard to
2-25     whether the [a business] representative resides in the district or
2-26     whether the business or industry the person represents is located
2-27     in the district.  The board, or the board's designee, shall
 3-1     periodically meet with the district-level committee to review the
 3-2     district-level committee's deliberations.
 3-3           SECTION 3. Section 28.002(d), Education Code, is amended to
 3-4     read as follows:
 3-5           (d)  The State Board of Education, after consulting with
 3-6     educators, parents, business and industry representatives, and
 3-7     employers, shall by rule identify the essential knowledge and
 3-8     skills of each subject of the enrichment curriculum that all
 3-9     students should be able to demonstrate.  Each district shall use
3-10     the essential knowledge and skills identified by the board as
3-11     guidelines in providing instruction in the enrichment curriculum.
3-12     Each district may include in the career and technology education
3-13     curriculum required under Subsection (a)(2)(F) instruction in
3-14     career awareness as provided by this subsection and by State Board
3-15     of Education rule.  A district is not required to develop a new
3-16     course or purchase additional textbooks in providing instruction in
3-17     career awareness under this subsection.  Any instruction in career
3-18     awareness provided to students at the middle or junior high school
3-19     level must:
3-20                 (1)  emphasize the manner in which the academic
3-21     curriculum is relevant to career goals;
3-22                 (2)  enable each student to develop preliminary
3-23     educational and career objectives based on the student's interests
3-24     and career goals;
3-25                 (3)  enable each student to develop a high school
3-26     graduation plan that includes the academic and career and
3-27     technology courses and the sequence of those courses that the
 4-1     student should take to achieve educational and career goals; and
 4-2                 (4)  ensure that each student's choices of academic and
 4-3     career and technology courses will:
 4-4                       (A)  permit the student to achieve the student's
 4-5     postsecondary education and career goals; and
 4-6                       (B)  provide the student with the education and
 4-7     skills necessary to meet or exceed business or industry standards. 
 4-8           SECTION 4. Subchapter F, Chapter 29, Education Code, is
 4-9     amended by adding Section 29.1821 to read as follows:
4-11     BOARD. (a)  The Career and Technology Education Advisory Board
4-12     consists of nine members appointed by the commissioner.
4-13           (b)  The board must include:
4-14                 (1)  one representative from the agency;
4-15                 (2)  one representative from the Texas Workforce
4-16     Commission;
4-17                 (3)  two members who represent the business and
4-18     industry community;
4-19                 (4)  three members who represent educators,
4-20     administrators, or parents; and
4-21                 (5)  two members who represent institutions of higher
4-22     education.
4-23           (c)  A member of the board serves at the pleasure of the
4-24     commissioner.
4-25           (d)  A member of the board may not:
4-26                 (1)  receive compensation for service on the board; or
4-27                 (2)  be reimbursed for travel expenses incurred while
 5-1     conducting the business of the board.
 5-2           (e)  The board shall:
 5-3                 (1)  assist the agency in developing the state plan for
 5-4     career and technology education required under Section 29.182; and
 5-5                 (2)  on request, assist school districts in developing
 5-6     career and technology programs under this subchapter.
 5-7           SECTION 5. Subchapter F, Chapter 29, Education Code, is
 5-8     amended by adding Section 29.187 to read as follows:
5-10     AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION; PROGRAM. (a)  In addition to the
5-11     authority granted under Section 29.183, the board of trustees of a
5-12     school district may develop and offer a program under which a
5-13     student may:
5-14                 (1)  receive specific education in a career and
5-15     technology profession that:
5-16                       (A)  leads to postsecondary education; or
5-17                       (B)  meets or exceeds business or industry
5-18     standards; and
5-19                 (2)  obtain from the district an award for
5-20     distinguished achievement in career and technology education and a
5-21     stamp or other notation on the student's transcript that indicates
5-22     receipt of the award.
5-23           (b)  An award granted under this section is not in lieu of a
5-24     diploma or certificate of coursework completion issued under
5-25     Section 28.025.
5-26           (c)  In developing a program under this section, the board of
5-27     trustees of a school district shall consider the state plan for
 6-1     career and technology education required under Section 29.182.
 6-2           (d)  The board of trustees of a school district may contract
 6-3     with an entity listed in Section 29.184(a) for assistance in
 6-4     developing the program or providing instruction to district
 6-5     students participating in the program.
 6-6           (e)  The board of trustees of a school district may also
 6-7     contract with a local business or a local institution of higher
 6-8     education for assistance in developing or operating a program under
 6-9     this section.  A program  may provide education in areas of
6-10     technology unique to the local area.
6-11           (f)  The board of trustees of a school district may provide
6-12     insurance to protect a business that contracts with the district
6-13     under Subsection (e) against liability for a bodily injury
6-14     sustained by or the death of a district student while working for
6-15     the business as part of a program established under this section.
6-16     The amount of insurance the district provides must be reasonable
6-17     considering the financial condition of the district.  The insurance
6-18     must be:
6-19                 (1)  obtained from a reliable insurer authorized to
6-20     engage in business in the state; and
6-21                 (2)  submitted on a form approved by the commissioner
6-22     of insurance.
6-23           (g)  The board of trustees of a school district must submit a
6-24     proposed program under this section to the commissioner in
6-25     accordance with criteria established by the commissioner.
6-26           SECTION 6. Subchapter F, Chapter 29, Education Code, is
6-27     amended by adding Section 29.188 to read as follows:
 7-2     EDUCATION PROGRAM. The governor is encouraged to present a
 7-3     proclamation or certificate to each member of the business and
 7-4     industry community that the Texas Workforce Commission, in
 7-5     cooperation with the agency, determines has successfully assisted
 7-6     in the provision of a career and technology education program under
 7-7     this subchapter.
 7-8           SECTION 7. Section 61.077(b), Education Code, is amended to
 7-9     read as follows:
7-10           (b)  The purposes of this committee shall include the
7-11     following:
7-12                 (1)  to advise the two boards on the coordination of
7-13     postsecondary career and technology education and the articulation
7-14     between postsecondary career and technology education and secondary
7-15     career and technology education;
7-16                 (2)  to facilitate the transfer of responsibilities for
7-17     the administration of postsecondary career and technology education
7-18     from the State Board of Education to the board in accordance with
7-19     Section 111(a)(I) of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act,
7-20     Public Law 98-524;
7-21                 (3)  to cooperate with [advise] the Career and
7-22     Technology Education Advisory Board, the commissioner of higher
7-23     education, and the State Board of Education, when it acts as the
7-24     State Board for Career and Technology Education, on the following:
7-25                       (A)  the transfer of federal funds to the board
7-26     for allotment to eligible public postsecondary institutions of
7-27     higher education;
 8-1                       (B)  the career and technology education funding
 8-2     for projects and institutions as determined by the board when the
 8-3     State Board for Career and Technology Education is required by
 8-4     federal law to endorse such determinations;
 8-5                       (C)  the development and updating of the state
 8-6     plan for career and technology education and the evaluation of
 8-7     programs, services, and activities of postsecondary career and
 8-8     technology education and such amendments to the state plan for
 8-9     career and technology education as may relate to postsecondary
8-10     education;
8-11                       (D)  other matters related to postsecondary
8-12     career and technology education; and
8-13                       (E)  the coordination of curricula, instructional
8-14     programs, research, and other functions as appropriate, including
8-15     areas listed in Section 61.076 of this code, school-to-work and
8-16     school-to-college transition programs, and professional development
8-17     activities; and
8-18                 (4)  to advise the Council on Workforce and Economic
8-19     Competitiveness on educational policy issues related to workforce
8-20     preparation.
8-21           SECTION 8.  Section 41.123, Education Code, is amended to
8-22     read as follows:
8-23           Sec. 41.123.  WADA COUNT.  For purposes of Chapter 42,
8-24     students served under an agreement under this subchapter are
8-25     counted only in the weighted average daily attendance of the
8-26     district providing the services, except that students served under
8-27     an agreement authorized by Section 41.125 are counted in a manner
 9-1     determined by the commissioner.
 9-2           SECTION 9.  Subchapter E, Chapter 41, Education Code, is
 9-3     amended by adding Section 41.125 to read as follows:
 9-4           Sec. 41.125.  CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION PROGRAMS.  (a)
 9-5     The board of trustees of a school district with a wealth per
 9-6     student that exceeds the equalized wealth level may reduce the
 9-7     district's wealth per student by executing an agreement to provide
 9-8     students of one or more other districts with career and technology
 9-9     education through a program designated as an area program for
9-10     career and technology education.
9-11           (b)  The agreement is not effective unless the commissioner
9-12     certifies that:
9-13                 (1)  implementation of the agreement will not result in
9-14     any of the affected districts' wealth per student being greater
9-15     than the equalized wealth level; and
9-16                 (2)  the agreement requires the district with a wealth
9-17     per student that exceeds the equalized wealth level to make
9-18     expenditures benefiting students from other districts in an amount
9-19     at least equal to the amount that would be required for the
9-20     district to purchase the number of attendance credits under
9-21     Subchapter D necessary, in combination with any other actions taken
9-22     under this chapter other than an action under this section, to
9-23     reduce the district's wealth per student to a level that is equal
9-24     to or less than the equalized wealth level.
9-25           (c)  The board of trustees of the school district shall
9-26     obtain voter approval of the agreement in the manner provided by
9-27     Section 41.122, except that the ballot shall be printed to permit
 10-1    voting for or against the proposition: "Authorizing the board of
 10-2    trustees of _________ School District to provide career and
 10-3    technology education to students of other school districts with
 10-4    local tax revenues."
 10-5          SECTION 10. Subchapter D, Chapter 301, Labor Code, is amended
 10-6    by adding Section 301.0611 to read as follows:
 10-7          Sec. 301.0611.  COORDINATION OF CERTAIN AWARDS AND
 10-8    INCENTIVES. The commission, in cooperation with the Texas Education
 10-9    Agency, the comptroller, and the Texas Higher Education
10-10    Coordinating Board, shall prepare and make available to the public
10-11    a list of all awards and incentives available for business
10-12    participation in:
10-13                (1)  a school district's career and technology
10-14    education program under Subchapter F, Chapter 29, Education Code;
10-15    or
10-16                (2)  any other career and technology education
10-17    training.
10-18          SECTION 11. Section 481.156(a), Government Code, is amended
10-19    to read as follows:
10-20          (a)  The following may apply for a grant under this
10-21    subchapter:
10-22                (1)  one or more employers to secure training;
10-23                (2)  one or more employers acting in partnership with
10-24    an employer organization, labor organization, or community-based
10-25    organization to secure training;  [or]
10-26                (3)  one or more employers acting in partnership with a
10-27    consortium composed of more than one provider to secure training;
 11-1    or
 11-2                (4)  a provider, to the extent consistent with Section
 11-3    481.155.
 11-4          SECTION 12. This Act takes effect September 1, 2001, except
 11-5    that Sections 1, 2, and 5 take effect immediately and apply
 11-6    beginning with the 2001-2002 school year if this Act receives a
 11-7    vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
 11-8    provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
 11-9    Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect,
11-10    Sections 1, 2, and 5 take effect September 1, 2001.