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
 2-1     student learning.
 2-2           OBJECTIVE 9:  Technology will be implemented and used to
 2-3     increase the effectiveness of student learning, instructional
 2-4     management, staff development, and administration.
 2-5           OBJECTIVE 10:  School districts will offer programs of study
 2-6     for broad career concentrations in areas of agriculture science
 2-7     technology, arts and communication, business education, family and
 2-8     consumer science, health occupations technology, trade and
 2-9     industry, and technology education that will prepare students for
2-10     continued learning and postsecondary education in employment
2-11     settings.
2-12           SECTION 2. Section 11.251(b), Education Code, is amended to
2-13     read as follows:
2-14           (b)  The board shall adopt a policy to establish a
2-15     district- and campus-level planning and decision-making process
2-16     that will involve the professional staff of the district, parents,
2-17     and community members in establishing and reviewing the district's
2-18     and campuses' educational plans, goals, performance objectives, and
2-19     major classroom instructional programs.  The board shall establish
2-20     a procedure under which meetings are held regularly by
2-21     district- and campus-level planning and decision-making committees
2-22     that include representative professional staff, parents of students
2-23     enrolled in the district, business and industry representatives,
2-24     and community members.  The committees shall include a business and
2-25     industry representative [representatives,] without regard to
2-26     whether the [a business] representative resides in the district or
2-27     whether the business or industry the person represents is located
 3-1     in the district.  The board, or the board's designee, shall
 3-2     periodically meet with the district-level committee to review the
 3-3     district-level committee's deliberations.
 3-4           SECTION 3. Subchapter F, Chapter 29, Education Code, is
 3-5     amended by adding Section 29.1821 to read as follows:
 3-7     BOARD. (a)  The Career and Technology Education Advisory Board
 3-8     consists of nine members appointed by the commissioner.
 3-9           (b)  The board must include:
3-10                 (1)  one representative from the agency;
3-11                 (2)  one representative from the Texas Workforce
3-12     Commission;
3-13                 (3)  two members who represent the business and
3-14     industry community;
3-15                 (4)  three members who represent educators,
3-16     administrators, or parents; and
3-17                 (5)  two members who represent institutions of higher
3-18     education.
3-19           (c)  A member of the board serves at the pleasure of the
3-20     commissioner.
3-21           (d)  A member of the board may not:
3-22                 (1)  receive compensation for service on the board; or
3-23                 (2)  be reimbursed for travel expenses incurred while
3-24     conducting the business of the board.
3-25           (e)  The board shall:
3-26                 (1)  assist the agency in developing the state plan for
3-27     career and technology education required under Section 29.182; and
 4-1                 (2)  on request, assist school districts in developing
 4-2     career and technology programs under this subchapter.
 4-3           SECTION 4. Subchapter F, Chapter 29, Education Code, is
 4-4     amended by adding Section 29.187 to read as follows:
 4-6     AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION; PROGRAM. (a)  In addition to the
 4-7     authority granted under Section 29.183, the board of trustees of a
 4-8     school district may develop and offer a program under which a
 4-9     student may:
4-10                 (1)  receive specific education in a career and
4-11     technology profession that:
4-12                       (A)  leads to postsecondary education; or
4-13                       (B)  meets or exceeds business or industry
4-14     standards; and
4-15                 (2)  obtain from the district an award for
4-16     distinguished achievement in career and technology education and a
4-17     stamp or other notation on the student's transcript that indicates
4-18     receipt of the award.
4-19           (b)  An award granted under this section is not in lieu of a
4-20     diploma or certificate of coursework completion issued under
4-21     Section 28.025.
4-22           (c)  In developing a program under this section, the board of
4-23     trustees of a school district shall consider the state plan for
4-24     career and technology education required under Section 29.182.
4-25           (d)  The board of trustees of a school district may contract
4-26     with an entity listed in Section 29.184(a) for assistance in
4-27     developing the program or providing instruction to district
 5-1     students participating in the program.
 5-2           (e)  The board of trustees of a school district may also
 5-3     contract with a local business or a local institution of higher
 5-4     education for assistance in developing or operating a program under
 5-5     this section.  A program  may provide education in areas of
 5-6     technology unique to the local area.
 5-7           (f)  The board of trustees of a school district may provide
 5-8     insurance to protect a business that contracts with the district
 5-9     under Subsection (e) against liability for a bodily injury
5-10     sustained by or the death of a district student while working for
5-11     the business as part of a program established under this section.
5-12     The amount of insurance the district provides must be reasonable
5-13     considering the financial condition of the district.  The insurance
5-14     must be:
5-15                 (1)  obtained from a reliable insurer authorized to
5-16     engage in business in the state; and
5-17                 (2)  submitted on a form approved by the commissioner
5-18     of insurance.
5-19           (g)  The board of trustees of a school district must submit a
5-20     proposed program under this section to the commissioner in
5-21     accordance with criteria established by the commissioner.
5-22           SECTION 5. Subchapter F, Chapter 29, Education Code, is
5-23     amended by adding Section 29.188 to read as follows:
5-25     EDUCATION PROGRAM. The governor is encouraged to present a
5-26     proclamation or certificate to each member of the business and
5-27     industry community that the Texas Workforce Commission, in
 6-1     cooperation with the agency, determines has successfully assisted
 6-2     in the provision of a career and technology education program under
 6-3     this subchapter.
 6-4           SECTION 6. Section 61.077(b), Education Code, is amended to
 6-5     read as follows:
 6-6           (b)  The purposes of this committee shall include the
 6-7     following:
 6-8                 (1)  to advise the two boards on the coordination of
 6-9     postsecondary career and technology education and the articulation
6-10     between postsecondary career and technology education and secondary
6-11     career and technology education;
6-12                 (2)  to facilitate the transfer of responsibilities for
6-13     the administration of postsecondary career and technology education
6-14     from the State Board of Education to the board in accordance with
6-15     Section 111(a)(I) of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act,
6-16     Public Law 98-524;
6-17                 (3)  to cooperate with [advise] the Career and
6-18     Technology Education Advisory Board, the commissioner of higher
6-19     education, and the State Board of Education, when it acts as the
6-20     State Board for Career and Technology Education, on the following:
6-21                       (A)  the transfer of federal funds to the board
6-22     for allotment to eligible public postsecondary institutions of
6-23     higher education;
6-24                       (B)  the career and technology education funding
6-25     for projects and institutions as determined by the board when the
6-26     State Board for Career and Technology Education is required by
6-27     federal law to endorse such determinations;
 7-1                       (C)  the development and updating of the state
 7-2     plan for career and technology education and the evaluation of
 7-3     programs, services, and activities of postsecondary career and
 7-4     technology education and such amendments to the state plan for
 7-5     career and technology education as may relate to postsecondary
 7-6     education;
 7-7                       (D)  other matters related to postsecondary
 7-8     career and technology education; and
 7-9                       (E)  the coordination of curricula, instructional
7-10     programs, research, and other functions as appropriate, including
7-11     areas listed in Section 61.076 of this code, school-to-work and
7-12     school-to-college transition programs, and professional development
7-13     activities; and
7-14                 (4)  to advise the Council on Workforce and Economic
7-15     Competitiveness on educational policy issues related to workforce
7-16     preparation.
7-17           SECTION 7.  Section 41.123, Education Code, is amended to
7-18     read as follows:
7-19           Sec. 41.123.  WADA COUNT.  For purposes of Chapter 42,
7-20     students served under an agreement under this subchapter are
7-21     counted only in the weighted average daily attendance of the
7-22     district providing the services, except that students served under
7-23     an agreement authorized by Section 41.125 are counted in a manner
7-24     determined by the commissioner.
7-25           SECTION 8.  Subchapter E, Chapter 41, Education Code, is
7-26     amended by adding Section 41.125 to read as follows:
7-27           Sec. 41.125.  CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION PROGRAMS.  (a)
 8-1     The board of trustees of a school district with a wealth per
 8-2     student that exceeds the equalized wealth level may reduce the
 8-3     district's wealth per student by executing an agreement to provide
 8-4     students of one or more other districts with career and technology
 8-5     education through a program designated as an area program for
 8-6     career and technology education.
 8-7           (b)  The agreement is not effective unless the commissioner
 8-8     certifies that:
 8-9                 (1)  implementation of the agreement will not result in
8-10     any of the affected districts' wealth per student being greater
8-11     than the equalized wealth level; and
8-12                 (2)  the agreement requires the district with a wealth
8-13     per student that exceeds the equalized wealth level to make
8-14     expenditures benefiting students from other districts in an amount
8-15     at least equal to the amount that would be required for the
8-16     district to purchase the number of attendance credits under
8-17     Subchapter D necessary, in combination with any other actions taken
8-18     under this chapter other than an action under this section, to
8-19     reduce the district's wealth per student to a level that is equal
8-20     to or less than the equalized wealth level.
8-21           (c)  The board of trustees of the school district shall
8-22     obtain voter approval of the agreement in the manner provided by
8-23     Section 41.122, except that the ballot shall be printed to permit
8-24     voting for or against the proposition: "Authorizing the board of
8-25     trustees of _________ School District to provide career and
8-26     technology education to students of other school districts with
8-27     local tax revenues."
 9-1           SECTION 9. Subchapter D, Chapter 301, Labor Code, is amended
 9-2     by adding Section 301.0611 to read as follows:
 9-3           Sec. 301.0611.  COORDINATION OF CERTAIN AWARDS AND
 9-4     INCENTIVES. The commission, in cooperation with the Texas Education
 9-5     Agency, the comptroller, and the Texas Higher Education
 9-6     Coordinating Board, shall prepare and make available to the public
 9-7     a list of all awards and incentives available for business
 9-8     participation in:
 9-9                 (1)  a school district's career and technology
9-10     education program under Subchapter F, Chapter 29, Education Code;
9-11     or
9-12                 (2)  any other career and technology education
9-13     training.
9-14           SECTION 10. Section 481.156(a), Government Code, is amended
9-15     to read as follows:
9-16           (a)  The following may apply for a grant under this
9-17     subchapter:
9-18                 (1)  one or more employers to secure training;
9-19                 (2)  one or more employers acting in partnership with
9-20     an employer organization, labor organization, or community-based
9-21     organization to secure training;  [or]
9-22                 (3)  one or more employers acting in partnership with a
9-23     consortium composed of more than one provider to secure training;
9-24     or
9-25                 (4)  a provider, to the extent consistent with Section
9-26     481.155.
9-27           SECTION 11. This Act takes effect September 1, 2001, except
 10-1    that Sections 1, 2, and 4 take effect immediately and apply
 10-2    beginning with the 2001-2002 school year if this Act receives a
 10-3    vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
 10-4    provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
 10-5    Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect,
 10-6    Sections 1, 2, and 4 take effect September 1, 2001.
         _______________________________     _______________________________
             President of the Senate              Speaker of the House
               I certify that H.B. No. 660 was passed by the House on May 4,
         2001, by the following vote:  Yeas 135, Nays 0, 2 present, not
         voting; that the House refused to concur in Senate amendments to
         H.B. No. 660 on May 25, 2001, and requested the appointment of a
         conference committee to consider the differences between the two
         houses; and that the House adopted the conference committee report
         on H.B. No. 660 on May 27, 2001, by the following vote:  Yeas 139,
         Nays 2, 1 present, not voting.
                                                 Chief Clerk of the House
               I certify that H.B. No. 660 was passed by the Senate, with
         amendments, on May 23, 2001, by the following vote:  Yeas 26, Nays
         4, 1 present, not voting; at the request of the House, the Senate
         appointed a conference committee to consider the differences
         between the two houses; and that the Senate adopted the conference
         committee report on H.B. No. 660 on May 27, 2001, by the following
         vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 0, 1 present, not voting.
                                                 Secretary of the Senate
         APPROVED:  __________________________