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House Bill (S)

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Career and technical education matters. Requires the management performance hub to: (1) collect certain postsecondary academic data or employment data of a student upon the student's graduation from high school that can be linked to the student's kindergarten through grade 12 student identification number; and (2) on November 1, 2019, and each November 1 thereafter, send a report to the legislative council that summarizes the data. Establishes the career coaching grant program and fund. Provides that the governor's workforce cabinet (cabinet) shall administer the grant program and fund. Provides that the skills enhancement fund may be used to support cooperative Career and technical education matters. Requires the management performance hub to: (1) collect certain postsecondary academic data or employment data of a student upon the student's graduation from high school that can be linked to the student's kindergarten through grade 12 student identification number; and (2) on November 1, 2019, and each November 1 thereafter, send a report to the legislative council that summarizes the data. Establishes the career coaching grant program and fund. Provides that the governor's workforce cabinet (cabinet) shall administer the grant program and fund. Provides that the skills enhancement fund may be used to support cooperative arrangements between school corporations or charter schools and businesses if the cooperative arrangement leads to: (1) certain credentials or training for a new hire; or (2) an increase of wages and certain credentials or training for an incumbent employee. Provides that the cabinet shall receive, distribute, and account for all funds received for career and technical education under the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Act. Provides that, after June 30, 2019, a school corporation, school, or secondary school vocational program may employ an instructor who does not have a license if the instructor meets certain occupational and training requirements. Provides that a teacher who teaches a career or technical education course may be eligible to receive a pay supplement. provides that the governing body of a career and technical education center may include a postsecondary level career and technical education course in the high school curriculum. Provides that the department of workforce development shall include any postsecondary level career and technical education courses in the list of courses provided to the state board of education. Increases, from $500 to $1,000, the maximum work Indiana grant amount that may be awarded. Provides that each school in a school corporation and each charter school shall submit as part of a school's improvement plan to the department of education (department) a summary of how the school will implement the career standards curriculum. Provides that the department shall review the submitted plans every two years and may review a plan at random to review the relevancy of the plan to the changing economy. Provides that the department shall assist schools in incorporating best practices regarding the career curriculum from around the state. Provides that each student is required to enroll, in either grade 9 or grade 10, in either: (1) a course to prepare the student for college or a career; or (2) an introductory level career and technical education course. Provides that a graduation plan should include the postsecondary goals of the student. Provides that a contract between a career and technical education center and a school or school corporation is a public document under Indiana's open door law. Provides that a school corporation that has entered into an agreement for a joint program of career and technical education may add a new career and technical education course to its curriculum without being approved by the joint program board or the governing body overseeing the joint program if the course is being offered in partnership with certain entities. Provides that the department of education shall annually compile information regarding each school corporation's pupil count and per pupil cost to the school corporation for each career and technical education program in which the school corporation receives career and technical education grants. Provides that a workforce ready grant may be used at: (1) Ivy Tech Community College; (2) Vincennes University; or (3) a program approved by the commission for higher education. (Current law provides that a workforce ready grant may be used at Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University.) Resolves a conflict between HEA 1074-2018 and HEA 1002-2018. Provides that the next level jobs employer training grant program is established to provide grants to reimburse training costs to employers for newly trained employees which leads to: (1) certain credentials or training for a new hire; or (2) an increase of wages and certain credentials or training for an incumbent employee. Requires the budget agency to report each year on the costs incurred by each school corporation to implement: (1) the requirement of a grade 9 or grade 10 student to enroll in a college or career course or introductory career and technical education course; and (2) the career standards curriculum. Voids an administrative rule that requires a school corporation to ensure that a teacher of a secondary school vocational program is licensed by the department of education. 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