1-1     By:  Seaman, et al. (Senate Sponsor - Van de Putte)    H.B. No. 660
 1-2           (In the Senate - Received from the House May 7, 2001;
 1-3     May 7, 2001, read first time and referred to Committee on
 1-4     Education; May 11, 2001, reported favorably by the following vote:
 1-5     Yeas 7, Nays 0; May 11, 2001, sent to printer.)
 1-6                            A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 1-7                                   AN ACT
 1-8     relating to career and technology education and training.
1-10           SECTION 1. Section 4.001(b), Education Code, is amended to
1-11     read as follows:
1-12           (b)  The objectives of public education are:
1-13           OBJECTIVE 1:  Parents will be full partners with educators in
1-14     the education of their children.
1-15           OBJECTIVE 2:  Students will be encouraged and challenged to
1-16     meet their full educational potential.
1-17           OBJECTIVE 3:  Through enhanced dropout prevention efforts,
1-18     all students will remain in school until they obtain a high school
1-19     diploma.
1-20           OBJECTIVE 4:  A well-balanced and appropriate curriculum will
1-21     be provided to all students.
1-22           OBJECTIVE 5:  Qualified and highly effective personnel will
1-23     be recruited, developed, and retained.
1-24           OBJECTIVE 6:  The state's students will demonstrate exemplary
1-25     performance in comparison to national and international standards.
1-26           OBJECTIVE 7:  School campuses will maintain a safe and
1-27     disciplined environment conducive to student learning.
1-28           OBJECTIVE 8:  Educators will keep abreast of the development
1-29     of creative and innovative techniques in instruction and
1-30     administration using those techniques as appropriate to improve
1-31     student learning.
1-32           OBJECTIVE 9:  Technology will be implemented and used to
1-33     increase the effectiveness of student learning, instructional
1-34     management, staff development, and administration.
1-35           OBJECTIVE 10:  School districts will offer programs of study
1-36     for broad career concentrations in areas of agriculture science
1-37     technology, arts and communication, business education, family and
1-38     consumer science, health occupations technology, trade and
1-39     industry, and technology education that will prepare students for
1-40     continued learning and postsecondary education in employment
1-41     settings.
1-42           SECTION 2. Section 11.251(b), Education Code, is amended to
1-43     read as follows:
1-44           (b)  The board shall adopt a policy to establish a
1-45     district- and campus-level planning and decision-making process
1-46     that will involve the professional staff of the district, parents,
1-47     and community members in establishing and reviewing the district's
1-48     and campuses' educational plans, goals, performance objectives, and
1-49     major classroom instructional programs.  The board shall establish
1-50     a procedure under which meetings are held regularly by
1-51     district- and campus-level planning and decision-making committees
1-52     that include representative professional staff, parents of students
1-53     enrolled in the district, business and industry representatives,
1-54     and community members.  The committees shall include a business and
1-55     industry representative [representatives,] without regard to
1-56     whether the [a business] representative resides in the district or
1-57     whether the business or industry the person represents is located
1-58     in the district.  The board, or the board's designee, shall
1-59     periodically meet with the district-level committee to review the
1-60     district-level committee's deliberations.
1-61           SECTION 3. Section 28.002(d), Education Code, is amended to
1-62     read as follows:
1-63           (d)  The State Board of Education, after consulting with
1-64     educators, parents, business and industry representatives, and
 2-1     employers, shall by rule identify the essential knowledge and
 2-2     skills of each subject of the enrichment curriculum that all
 2-3     students should be able to demonstrate.  Each district shall use
 2-4     the essential knowledge and skills identified by the board as
 2-5     guidelines in providing instruction in the enrichment curriculum.
 2-6     Each district may include in the career and technology education
 2-7     curriculum required under Subsection (a)(2)(F) instruction in
 2-8     career awareness as provided by this subsection and by State Board
 2-9     of Education rule.  A district is not required to develop a new
2-10     course or purchase additional textbooks in providing instruction in
2-11     career awareness under this subsection.  Any instruction in career
2-12     awareness provided to students at the middle or junior high school
2-13     level must:
2-14                 (1)  emphasize the manner in which the academic
2-15     curriculum is relevant to career goals;
2-16                 (2)  enable each student to develop preliminary
2-17     educational and career objectives based on the student's interests
2-18     and career goals;
2-19                 (3)  enable each student to develop a high school
2-20     graduation plan that includes the academic and career and
2-21     technology courses and the sequence of those courses that the
2-22     student should take to achieve educational and career goals; and
2-23                 (4)  ensure that each student's choices of academic and
2-24     career and technology courses will:
2-25                       (A)  permit the student to achieve the student's
2-26     postsecondary education and career goals; and
2-27                       (B)  provide the student with the education and
2-28     skills necessary to meet or exceed business or industry standards. 
2-29           SECTION 4. Subchapter F, Chapter 29, Education Code, is
2-30     amended by adding Section 29.1821 to read as follows:
2-32     BOARD. (a)  The Career and Technology Education Advisory Board
2-33     consists of nine members appointed by the commissioner.
2-34           (b)  The board must include:
2-35                 (1)  one representative from the agency;
2-36                 (2)  one representative from the Texas Workforce
2-37     Commission;
2-38                 (3)  two members who represent the business and
2-39     industry community;
2-40                 (4)  three members who represent educators,
2-41     administrators, or parents; and
2-42                 (5)  two members who represent institutions of higher
2-43     education.
2-44           (c)  A member of the board serves at the pleasure of the
2-45     commissioner.
2-46           (d)  A member of the board may not:
2-47                 (1)  receive compensation for service on the board; or
2-48                 (2)  be reimbursed for travel expenses incurred while
2-49     conducting the business of the board.
2-50           (e)  The board shall:
2-51                 (1)  assist the agency in developing the state plan for
2-52     career and technology education required under Section 29.182; and
2-53                 (2)  on request, assist school districts in developing
2-54     career and technology programs under this subchapter.
2-55           SECTION 5. Subchapter F, Chapter 29, Education Code, is
2-56     amended by adding Section 29.187 to read as follows:
2-58     AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION; PROGRAM. (a)  In addition to the
2-59     authority granted under Section 29.183, the board of trustees of a
2-60     school district may develop and offer a program under which a
2-61     student may:
2-62                 (1)  receive specific education in a career and
2-63     technology profession that:
2-64                       (A)  leads to postsecondary education; or
2-65                       (B)  meets or exceeds business or industry
2-66     standards; and
2-67                 (2)  obtain from the district an award for
2-68     distinguished achievement in career and technology education and a
2-69     stamp or other notation on the student's transcript that indicates
 3-1     receipt of the award.
 3-2           (b)  An award granted under this section is not in lieu of a
 3-3     diploma or certificate of coursework completion issued under
 3-4     Section 28.025.
 3-5           (c)  In developing a program under this section, the board of
 3-6     trustees of a school district shall consider the state plan for
 3-7     career and technology education required under Section 29.182.
 3-8           (d)  The board of trustees of a school district may contract
 3-9     with an entity listed in Section 29.184(a) for assistance in
3-10     developing the program or providing instruction to district
3-11     students participating in the program.
3-12           (e)  The board of trustees of a school district may also
3-13     contract with a local business or a local institution of higher
3-14     education for assistance in developing or operating a program under
3-15     this section.  A program  may provide education in areas of
3-16     technology unique to the local area.
3-17           (f)  The board of trustees of a school district may provide
3-18     insurance to protect a business that contracts with the district
3-19     under Subsection (e) against liability for a bodily injury
3-20     sustained by or the death of a district student while working for
3-21     the business as part of a program established under this section.
3-22     The amount of insurance the district provides must be reasonable
3-23     considering the financial condition of the district.  The insurance
3-24     must be:
3-25                 (1)  obtained from a reliable insurer authorized to
3-26     engage in business in the state; and
3-27                 (2)  submitted on a form approved by the commissioner
3-28     of insurance.
3-29           (g)  The board of trustees of a school district must submit a
3-30     proposed program under this section to the commissioner in
3-31     accordance with criteria established by the commissioner.
3-32           SECTION 6. Subchapter F, Chapter 29, Education Code, is
3-33     amended by adding Section 29.188 to read as follows:
3-35     EDUCATION PROGRAM. The governor is encouraged to present a
3-36     proclamation or certificate to each member of the business and
3-37     industry community that the Texas Workforce Commission, in
3-38     cooperation with the agency, determines has successfully assisted
3-39     in the provision of a career and technology education program under
3-40     this subchapter.
3-41           SECTION 7. Section 61.077(b), Education Code, is amended to
3-42     read as follows:
3-43           (b)  The purposes of this committee shall include the
3-44     following:
3-45                 (1)  to advise the two boards on the coordination of
3-46     postsecondary career and technology education and the articulation
3-47     between postsecondary career and technology education and secondary
3-48     career and technology education;
3-49                 (2)  to facilitate the transfer of responsibilities for
3-50     the administration of postsecondary career and technology education
3-51     from the State Board of Education to the board in accordance with
3-52     Section 111(a)(I) of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act,
3-53     Public Law 98-524;
3-54                 (3)  to cooperate with [advise] the Career and
3-55     Technology Education Advisory Board, the commissioner of higher
3-56     education, and the State Board of Education, when it acts as the
3-57     State Board for Career and Technology Education, on the following:
3-58                       (A)  the transfer of federal funds to the board
3-59     for allotment to eligible public postsecondary institutions of
3-60     higher education;
3-61                       (B)  the career and technology education funding
3-62     for projects and institutions as determined by the board when the
3-63     State Board for Career and Technology Education is required by
3-64     federal law to endorse such determinations;
3-65                       (C)  the development and updating of the state
3-66     plan for career and technology education and the evaluation of
3-67     programs, services, and activities of postsecondary career and
3-68     technology education and such amendments to the state plan for
3-69     career and technology education as may relate to postsecondary
 4-1     education;
 4-2                       (D)  other matters related to postsecondary
 4-3     career and technology education; and
 4-4                       (E)  the coordination of curricula, instructional
 4-5     programs, research, and other functions as appropriate, including
 4-6     areas listed in Section 61.076 of this code, school-to-work and
 4-7     school-to-college transition programs, and professional development
 4-8     activities; and
 4-9                 (4)  to advise the Council on Workforce and Economic
4-10     Competitiveness on educational policy issues related to workforce
4-11     preparation.
4-12           SECTION 8.  Section 41.123, Education Code, is amended to
4-13     read as follows:
4-14           Sec. 41.123.  WADA COUNT.  For purposes of Chapter 42,
4-15     students served under an agreement under this subchapter are
4-16     counted only in the weighted average daily attendance of the
4-17     district providing the services, except that students served under
4-18     an agreement authorized by Section 41.125 are counted in a manner
4-19     determined by the commissioner.
4-20           SECTION 9.  Subchapter E, Chapter 41, Education Code, is
4-21     amended by adding Section 41.125 to read as follows:
4-22           Sec. 41.125.  CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION PROGRAMS.  (a)
4-23     The board of trustees of a school district with a wealth per
4-24     student that exceeds the equalized wealth level may reduce the
4-25     district's wealth per student by executing an agreement to provide
4-26     students of one or more other districts with career and technology
4-27     education through a program designated as an area program for
4-28     career and technology education.
4-29           (b)  The agreement is not effective unless the commissioner
4-30     certifies that:
4-31                 (1)  implementation of the agreement will not result in
4-32     any of the affected districts' wealth per student being greater
4-33     than the equalized wealth level; and
4-34                 (2)  the agreement requires the district with a wealth
4-35     per student that exceeds the equalized wealth level to make
4-36     expenditures benefiting students from other districts in an amount
4-37     at least equal to the amount that would be required for the
4-38     district to purchase the number of attendance credits under
4-39     Subchapter D necessary, in combination with any other actions taken
4-40     under this chapter other than an action under this section, to
4-41     reduce the district's wealth per student to a level that is equal
4-42     to or less than the equalized wealth level.
4-43           (c)  The board of trustees of the school district shall
4-44     obtain voter approval of the agreement in the manner provided by
4-45     Section 41.122, except that the ballot shall be printed to permit
4-46     voting for or against the proposition: "Authorizing the board of
4-47     trustees of _________ School District to provide career and
4-48     technology education to students of other school districts with
4-49     local tax revenues."
4-50           SECTION 10. Subchapter D, Chapter 301, Labor Code, is amended
4-51     by adding Section 301.0611 to read as follows:
4-52           Sec. 301.0611.  COORDINATION OF CERTAIN AWARDS AND
4-53     INCENTIVES. The commission, in cooperation with the Texas Education
4-54     Agency, the comptroller, and the Texas Higher Education
4-55     Coordinating Board, shall prepare and make available to the public
4-56     a list of all awards and incentives available for business
4-57     participation in:
4-58                 (1)  a school district's career and technology
4-59     education program under Subchapter F, Chapter 29, Education Code;
4-60     or
4-61                 (2)  any other career and technology education
4-62     training.
4-63           SECTION 11. Section 481.156(a), Government Code, is amended
4-64     to read as follows:
4-65           (a)  The following may apply for a grant under this
4-66     subchapter:
4-67                 (1)  one or more employers to secure training;
4-68                 (2)  one or more employers acting in partnership with
4-69     an employer organization, labor organization, or community-based
 5-1     organization to secure training;  [or]
 5-2                 (3)  one or more employers acting in partnership with a
 5-3     consortium composed of more than one provider to secure training;
 5-4     or
 5-5                 (4)  a provider, to the extent consistent with Section
 5-6     481.155.
 5-7           SECTION 12. This Act takes effect September 1, 2001, except
 5-8     that Sections 1, 2, and 5 take effect immediately and apply
 5-9     beginning with the 2001-2002 school year if this Act receives a
5-10     vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
5-11     provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
5-12     Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect,
5-13     Sections 1, 2, and 5 take effect September 1, 2001.
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