Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1418
By: Seaman
Public Education


During the past decade, school districts have prepared students for
post-secondary education, but students seeking a post-secondary career and
technology profession have not been adequately prepared for the high-skill
and high-paying jobs that have developed in the Texas economy. Although
student enrollment in trade and industrial courses has increased 39 percent
over the past five years, many districts are decreasing or eliminating
budgets for career and technology programs. Texas has made efforts to meet
the demands of this growing job market by recognizing the important role of
trade and industrial education in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills
(TEKS) program, however, some districts want to establish programs that
would emphasize career and technology professions and allow districts to
establish partnerships with businesses and other agencies in the
development of local programs. 

H.B. 1418 Allows a district to establish a career and technology
certificate to recognize students who pass a career and technology program
established by the district, for which a certificate would be issued in
addition to a high school diploma.  This bill provides that the program is
voluntary, and established at the local level and approved by the Texas
Education Agency.  Furthermore, it allows for programs developed between
several districts or in partnership with the district, other schools,
businesses, and local workforce boards, and mandates a study by the Texas
Council on Workforce and Economic Competitiveness to study the programs'
effectiveness in improving the academic and professional success of


It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does
not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state
officer, department, agency, or institution. 


SECTION 1.  Amends Subchapter F, Chapter 29, Education Code, by adding
Section 29.187, as follows: 

Authorizes the board of trustees of a school district (board), in addition
to the authority granted under Section 29.183 (Career and Technology and
Other Educational Programs), Education Code, to develop and offer a program
under which a student may receive specific training in a career and
technology profession and obtain a related certificate issued by the
district in addition to a diploma or certificate of coursework completed
under Section 28.025 (High School Diploma and Certificate; Academic
Achievement Record), Education Code.   Requires the board to consider the
state plan for career and technology education required under Section
29.182 (State Plan for Career and Technology Education), Education Code, in
developing the program. 

(b)  Authorizes the board to contract with an entity listed under Section
29.184(a) (Contracts with Other Schools for Career and Technology Classes),
Education Code, for assistance in developing the program or providing
instruction to district students participating in the program.  Provides
that a student receiving this instruction at another school under a
contract covered by this subsection is included in the average daily
attendance of the district where the student is enrolled.   

(c)  Authorizes the board to contract with a local business or local
workforce development board for assistance in developing or operating a
program.  Specifies that a program developed with the assistance of these
entities shall provide training in areas of technology unique to the local

(d)  Authorizes the board to annually grant to a business that pays
property taxes in the district and that contracts with the district under
Subsection (c) a tax credit not to exceed the total value of goods,
services, equipment, and facilities provided by the business for the fiscal

(e)  Authorizes the board to provide insurance to a business that contracts
with the district under Subsection (c) against liability for a bodily
injury sustained by or the death of a student while working for the
business as part of the program, the amount of which must be reasonable
considering the financial condition of the district.  Specifies that the
insurance must be from a reliable insurance company authorized to do
business in the state and on a form approved by the commissioner of

(f)  Requires the board to submit a proposed program to the State Board of
Education for approval. 

SECTION 2.  (a)  Requires the Council on Workforce and Economic
Competitiveness (council), in cooperation with the Texas Education Agency
(agency) and the Texas Workforce Commission (commission), to conduct a
study to determine the effectiveness of career and technology education
programs in improving the academic and professional success of at-risk
students and school dropouts.  Sets forth the criteria and methodology of
the study. 

(b)  Requires the council, the agency, and the commission to submit a
report of the results and findings of the study to the governor, the
lieutenant governor, and the speaker of the house of representatives no
later than September 1, 2000. 

SECTION 3.  Emergency clause.
  Effective date: upon passage.