H.B. No. 1583
  relating to block scheduling for certain associate degree and
  certificate programs at public junior colleges.
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 130, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 130.0095 to read as follows:
  DEGREE OR CERTIFICATE PROGRAM. (a) To facilitate timely degree
  completion by students at public junior colleges, from among the
  allied health, nursing, and career and technology associate degree
  or certificate programs offered by a public junior college, the
  college shall establish, for at least five of those programs not
  previously offered as a block schedule curriculum, a block schedule
  curriculum under which:
               (1)  courses required for a student's enrollment in the
  program as a full-time student are offered each semester in
  scheduled blocks, such as a morning, full-day, afternoon, evening,
  or weekend block schedule, designed to provide scheduling
  predictability from semester to semester to students enrolled in
  the program; and
               (2)  students may enroll in an entire block schedule
  curriculum offered under the program in a semester, rather than
  enrolling in individual courses leading toward the degree or
         (b)  Each public junior college shall publish in advance of
  each semester the available block schedule curricula for each
  associate degree or certificate program described by Subsection (a)
  offered by the college for that semester.
         (c)  The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, in
  consultation with public junior colleges, shall adopt rules as
  necessary for the administration of this section, including rules
  prescribing a process by which a public junior college may petition
  the coordinating board for an exception to the number of programs
  for which a block schedule curriculum is required by Subsection (a)
  on demonstration of hardship.
         (d)  Not later than November 1, 2018, the Texas Higher
  Education Coordinating Board shall submit to the governor and
  legislature a detailed report on the effectiveness of block
  scheduling under this section and any related recommendations for
  legislative or other action.
         (e)  This section expires August 1, 2019.
         SECTION 2.  Section 130.0095, Education Code, as added by
  this Act, applies beginning with the 2016 fall semester.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2015.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.B. No. 1583 was passed by the House on April
  27, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 136, Nays 2, 1 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
  No. 1583 on May 29, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 144, Nays 0,
  2 present, not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.B. No. 1583 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 27, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________