Bill Text: TX SB508 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to the development of a statewide online education and career advising tool and the establishment of a grant program to reimburse private employers for paid internships provided to certain public school students in career and technology education programs.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-04-23 - Left pending in committee [SB508 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-SB508-Introduced.html
  86R3477 KJE-D
 
  By: Miles S.B. No. 508
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the development of a statewide online education and
  career advising tool and the establishment of a grant program to
  reimburse private employers for paid internships provided to
  certain public school students in career and technology education
  programs.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 28, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 28.0092 to read as follows:
         Sec. 28.0092.  ONLINE EDUCATION AND CAREER ADVISING TOOL.
  (a) In this section, "institution of higher education" has the
  meaning assigned by Section 61.003.
         (b)  Subject to the availability of federal funding for this
  purpose, the agency shall develop and implement a statewide online
  education and career advising tool to assist children in making
  informed, meaningful, and attainable postsecondary and career
  plans.
         (c)  The online education and career advising tool must
  include:
               (1)  an individualized career pathway generator that
  assists a child in selecting a career and identifying the secondary
  and postsecondary courses the child should take to advance toward
  that career; and
               (2)  information regarding:
                     (A)  any local, regional, or statewide
  articulation agreements regarding dual credit programs or the
  transfer of course credit between institutions of higher education;
                     (B)  the postsecondary and career options
  associated with each endorsement under Section 28.025(c-1),
  including the dual credit courses related to each endorsement that
  apply toward a certificate or degree program at an institution of
  higher education;
                     (C)  any stackable degree programs provided by an
  institution of higher education through which a student may obtain
  a series of credentials as the student progresses through the
  program;
                     (D)  existing and anticipated employment
  opportunities statewide and in a child's community, aligned to
  state and regional workforce needs;
                     (E)  anticipated earnings in various careers;
                     (F)  local, regional, and statewide career
  training and certification programs, including the requirements,
  costs, and available options for those programs; and
                     (G)  the time and cost required for and other
  expenses related to various postsecondary and career options.
         (d)  In developing and implementing the online education and
  career advising tool, the agency shall consult with the Texas
  Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Workforce
  Commission.  On request by the agency, the coordinating board and
  the commission shall provide to the agency any data maintained by
  the coordinating board or commission that is necessary to develop
  the tool.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter F, Chapter 29, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 29.194 to read as follows:
         Sec. 29.194.  GRANT PROGRAM FOR PAID INTERNSHIPS. (a) To
  encourage private entities to participate in providing career and
  technology education to assist public school students in developing
  the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary for a broad range
  of career opportunities, the commissioner shall establish a
  competitive grant program under which grants are awarded to school
  districts and open-enrollment charter schools for the
  reimbursement of private entities for all or part of the cost of
  providing a paid internship or similar program to a student
  participating in a career and technology education program in the
  district or school.
         (b)  In awarding grants under this section, the commissioner
  shall give preference to school districts and open-enrollment
  charter schools that, as determined by the commissioner:
               (1)  have a high percentage of students who fail to
  perform satisfactorily on relevant state assessments; and
               (2)  serve economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.
         (c)  To be eligible to receive reimbursement under the grant
  program, a paid internship or similar program must:
               (1)  satisfy a curriculum requirement for an
  endorsement adopted by rule under Section 28.025(c-1), or qualify
  as a dual credit course; and
               (2)  pay the student at least the minimum wage required
  by law.
         (d)  The total amount of grants awarded under this section
  may not exceed $5 million in a state fiscal biennium. A grant
  awarded to a school district or open-enrollment charter school may
  not exceed the lesser of:
               (1)  $1 million in a state fiscal biennium; or
               (2)  an amount determined by the commissioner not to
  exceed $2,500 for each participating student enrolled in the
  district or school in the school year in which the grant is awarded.
         (e)  A grant awarded to a school district or open-enrollment
  charter school may only be used to reimburse a private entity for
  all or part of the cost of providing an eligible paid internship or
  similar program to a student participating in a career and
  technology education program in the district or school. A private
  entity may not receive reimbursement under this section for
  providing a paid internship or similar program to a student who is
  related to the owner of the entity within the third degree of
  consanguinity as determined under Subchapter B, Chapter 573,
  Government Code.
         (f)  Not later than December 1 of each even-numbered year,
  the commissioner, in cooperation with the Texas Workforce
  Commission, shall submit to the governor, the lieutenant governor,
  and the legislature a report on the effectiveness of the grant
  program in creating jobs. The report must include, to the extent
  available:
               (1)  the total number of paid internships or similar
  programs for which a private entity received reimbursement through
  a grant awarded under this section and the total amount of money
  reimbursed for those internships or programs through a grant;
               (2)  the total number of students who completed a paid
  internship or similar program described by Subdivision (1) and were
  subsequently hired for a permanent job in this state by the private
  entity that offered the internship or program;
               (3)  for the permanent jobs described by Subdivision
  (2):
                     (A)  the median wage of those jobs;
                     (B)  the North American Industry Classification
  System classification of each of those jobs; and
                     (C)  the number of those jobs that provide health
  benefits coverage;
               (4)  the number of private entities that offered a paid
  internship or similar program described by Subdivision (1) that are
  historically underutilized businesses, as defined by Section
  2161.001, Government Code, and the total amount of money reimbursed
  through a grant awarded under the grant program for the internship
  or program;
               (5)  demographic information on students participating
  in paid internships or similar programs described by Subdivision
  (1), including the school districts or open-enrollment charter
  schools in which the students are enrolled, to the extent allowed
  under state and federal law; and
               (6)  an assessment of the number of eligible paid
  internships or similar programs that would not have been offered in
  the absence of a reimbursement provided through a grant and the
  total number of students who completed those internships or
  programs, including for each school year in which grants are
  awarded, an estimate of the number of public high school students of
  legal working age who were employed in this state for any period of
  time during that school year outside of a paid internship or similar
  program described by Subdivision (1).
         (g)  The commissioner, in consultation with the Texas
  Workforce Commission, shall adopt rules as necessary to implement
  this section.
         SECTION 3.  Section 42.005, Education Code, is amended by
  adding Subsection (g-2) to read as follows:
         (g-2)  The time during which a student participates in a paid
  internship or similar program that is funded in whole or in part
  through a grant awarded under the grant program established by
  Section 29.194 shall be counted as part of the minimum number of
  instructional hours required for a student to be considered a
  full-time student in average daily attendance for purposes of this
  section.
         SECTION 4.  Section 29.194, Education Code, as added by this
  Act, applies beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.
         SECTION 5.  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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