Bill Text: TX SB2042 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Comm Sub


Bill Title: Relating to a study by the Texas Education Agency of career and technology education programs.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 2-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-05-17 - Committee report sent to Calendars [SB2042 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-SB2042-Comm_Sub.html
 
 
  By: Fallon S.B. No. 2042
 
  (Ashby)
 
   
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to a study by the Texas Education Agency of career and
  technology education programs.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter F, Chapter 29, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 29.193 to read as follows:
         Sec. 29.193.  STUDY AND REPORT ON CREDENTIALS AND
  CERTIFICATES. (a)  The agency shall conduct a study to:
               (1)  evaluate the industry-recognized credentials and
  certificates that are currently being offered to public high school
  students through career and technology education programs in each
  region of the state; and
               (2)  identify any unmet needs in career and technology
  education programs currently being offered to public high school
  students in each region of the state.
         (b)  The study must:
               (1)  for each region of the state:
                     (A)  evaluate:
                           (i)  the industry-recognized credentials or
  certificates currently being offered to public high school students
  through career and technology education programs in the region; and
                           (ii)  the knowledge and skills necessary to
  meet workforce needs in the region; and
                     (B)  identify:
                           (i)  any gaps between the
  industry-recognized credentials or certificates identified under
  Paragraph (A)(i) and the knowledge and skills identified under
  Paragraph (A)(ii); and
                           (ii)  any knowledge or skills that could be
  incorporated into career and technology education programs in the
  region to increase students' marketability in that region after
  graduation from high school; and
               (2)  for each currently offered industry-recognized
  credential or certificate, assess the economic impact of earning
  the credential or certificate in each region of the state,
  including:
                     (A)  the average industry wage for a student who
  has earned the credential or certificate in each region; and
                     (B)  the demand to employ a student in each region
  for the credential or certificate.
         (c)  Not later than September 1, 2021, the agency shall
  submit to the commissioner a report that:
               (1)  identifies any currently offered
  industry-recognized credential or certificate that does not
  provide a sufficient positive economic impact in any region of the
  state based on the assessment conducted under Subsection (b)(2);
               (2)  recommends the creation of industry-recognized
  credentials or certificates for each region of the state to be
  offered in a career and technology education program in that region
  that will address unmet workforce needs and enhance student
  competitiveness in the labor market; and
               (3)  provides recommendations for issuing guidance to
  public schools on how to use labor market information generated by
  state agencies in designing career and technology education
  programs and courses.
         (d)  This section expires September 1, 2022.
         SECTION 2.  The Texas Education Agency is required to
  implement a provision of this Act only if the legislature
  appropriates money specifically for that purpose. If the
  legislature does not appropriate money specifically for that
  purpose, the Texas Education Agency may, but is not required to,
  implement a provision of this Act using other appropriations
  available for that purpose.
         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, 2019.
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