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  By: Lucio, Seliger, Van de Putte S.B. No. 1557
 
 
 
   
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to business participation in supporting early college high
  schools.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 29.908, Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (c)  A student participating in the program is entitled to
  the benefits of the Foundation School Program in proportion to the
  amount of time spent by the student on high school courses, in
  accordance with rules adopted by the commissioner, while completing
  the course of study established by the applicable articulation
  agreement under Subsection (b)(3).  The commissioner may accept
  gifts, grants, and donations from any source, including private and
  nonprofit organizations, to pay any costs of the program not
  covered by the student's Foundation School Program benefits.
         (d)  The commissioner may accept gifts, grants, and
  donations from any source, including private and nonprofit
  organizations.  Private and nonprofit organizations that
  contribute to the fund shall receive an award under Section 7.113,
  Education Code.
         (e)  The commissioner shall collaborate with the Texas
  Workforce Commission and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating
  Board to develop and implement a strategic plan.  The plan must
  include:
               (1)  strategies to increase private industry
  participation; and
               (2)  incentives for businesses and nonprofits that
  choose to make donations and work with early college high schools to
  maximize job placement opportunities for program graduates.
         (f)  Not later than December 1, 2014, the strategic plan
  shall be reported to the lieutenant governor, the speaker of the
  house of representatives, and the governor and made available on
  each agency's website.
         (g)  The commissioner may adopt rules as necessary to
  administer the program.  The rules may provide for giving
  preference in receiving program benefits to a student who is in the
  first generation of the student's family to attend college and may
  establish other distinctions or criteria based on student need.  
  The commissioner shall consult the Texas Higher Education
  Coordinating Board in administering the program.  The Texas Higher
  Education Coordinating Board may adopt rules as necessary to
  exercise its powers and duties under this section.  The P-16 Council
  may make recommendations, including recommendations for rules,
  concerning administration of the program.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2013.