BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE
access and affordability in higher education. These programs provide an opportunity for students
to pursue rigorous advanced subjects sometimes available only at the college level and assist
school districts in supporting gifted and talented education programs. Students may benefit from
accelerating completion of their college degree programs, reducing the cost of their college
education, and entering the work force sooner. High schools are a good place to begin recruiting
students to participate in college-level courses and programs, but if parents are not informed
about these programs then some college-bound students may miss opportunities to get a head
start on their education. In order for the State of Texas to increase the number of Texans who
attend and succeed in college, it must work with parents, high schools, and higher education
institutions in order to increase the rate of participation and success of all Texans going to
In current law, each school district is required to implement a program under which a student
may earn the equivalent of 12 semester credit hours of college credit in high school. However,
school districts are not required to notify parents about these programs.
As proposed, this bill requires school districts to notify parents, whose children are in high
school, about the availability of programs under which a student may earn college credit.
It is the committee's opinion that this bill does not expressly grant any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution.
The bill adds Section 28.010 to the Education Code, which provides that each school year, a school district shall notify the parent of each district student enrolled in grade nine or above of the availability of programs in the district under which a student may earn college credit, including advanced placement programs, dual credit programs, joint high school and college credit programs, and international baccalaureate programs. A school district may provide the notification required by such section on the district's Internet website. The notification must include the name and contact information of any public or private entity offering a program described by such section in the district.
The bill provides that the Act applies beginning with the 2007-2008 school year.
Upon passage, or, if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2007.
The amendment adds a new provision to the bill, which provides that during the first school year a student is enrolled in a high school or at the high school level in an open-enrollment
charter school, and again during a student's senior year, a counselor shall provide information about higher education to the student and the student's parent or guardian. The information must
include information regarding the availability of programs in the district under which a student may earn college credit, including advanced placement programs, dual credit programs, joint high school and college credit programs, and international baccalaureate programs.