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Enrolled House Bill (H)

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Career and technical education. Makes various changes concerning the following: (1) The membership, duties, meetings, and deadlines of certain requirements concerning the governor's workforce cabinet (cabinet). (2) Eligibility and requirements regarding certain grants: (A) from the skills enhancement fund; and (B) under the next level jobs employer training grant program. (3) Eligibility for supplemental payment for certain teachers. (4) Requirements to renew a practitioner license or accomplished practitioner license. (5) Grant amounts, additional fund distributions (if funds are available), and the eligibility of instructor salary costs for grants and additional fund distributions under the work Indiana program. (6) Eligibility requirements Career and technical education. Makes various changes concerning the following: (1) The membership, duties, meetings, and deadlines of certain requirements concerning the governor's workforce cabinet (cabinet). (2) Eligibility and requirements regarding certain grants: (A) from the skills enhancement fund; and (B) under the next level jobs employer training grant program. (3) Eligibility for supplemental payment for certain teachers. (4) Requirements to renew a practitioner license or accomplished practitioner license. (5) Grant amounts, additional fund distributions (if funds are available), and the eligibility of instructor salary costs for grants and additional fund distributions under the work Indiana program. (6) Eligibility requirements to receive a high value workforce ready credit-bearing grant. (7) Requirements regarding a student's graduation plan. Establishes the career coaching grant program and fund. 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. Requires: (1) a public school to include a summary on implementing certain career curriculum in a public school's improvement plan; (2) the budget agency to estimate the costs incurred to implement the curriculum for each school corporation and submit a report regarding the costs; and (3) the department of education (department) to review the plans and assist schools in incorporating best practices. Allows a governing body of a school corporation to include a postsecondary level career and technical education course in the high school curriculum of certain schools. Provides that a contract between a career and technical education center and a school or school corporation is a public record under Indiana's open door law. Provides that: (1) a school 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; and (2) if the added career and technical education course is offered after June 30, 2018, the course is eligible for career and technical education funding. Requires the Indiana economic development corporation to assemble and provide to the commission for higher education and the department of workforce development information concerning the economic benefits of residing and working in Indiana. Provides for certification by the cabinet of an industry collaboration organization (ICO). Provides that an organization qualifies as an ICO if the organization meets certain qualification requirements. Provides that contributions to an ICO may be used by the ICO for the following purposes: (1) To support the development and implementation of high school graduation pathways. (2) To provide money to the ICO to establish and operate a career counseling program for students. (3) To enhance career and technical education and training programs. (4) To expand apprenticeships and work based learning opportunities. (5) To provide grants to schools to be used by the school to pay the transportation costs for students to attend an eligible training program. (6) To provide grants for any other course or program, if the course or program leads to the attainment of a specific employment related credential that documents the student's skills for employment success. (7) To partner with other ICOs, nonprofits, public foundations, or other entities to provide workforce related educational programs or training for students. Requires that an ICO report certain information to the cabinet. Requires the cabinet to support an ICO in sharing and scaling best practices on a statewide basis by: (1) conducting an annual survey of the business, education, and community organizations participating in the ICO, in consultation with the management performance hub; and (2) convening the ICOs on an ongoing basis in collaboration with Indiana's statewide business and industry associations. Provides that the cabinet shall annually compile lists of the: (1) industry sectors and geographic regions in which ICOs are operating, disaggregated by industry category and region; and (2) business, educational institutions, and community organizations affiliated with the ICOs established under this chapter, disaggregated by industry category and region. Provides that a high school may count: (1) an approved work based learning course, program, or experience; or (2) an approved career and technical education course, program, or experience; as satisfying an Indiana diploma with a Core 40 with academic honors designation or another designation requirement. Establishes the school accountability panel to study the topic of aligning school accountability with graduation pathways and recommend new indicators of school performance. Amends the definition of "work based learning course" for purposes of determining career and technical education funding. Provides that the commission for higher education, in consultation with the department of workforce development, shall consider a program's impact on public safety when determining which certificate programs are eligible for the high value workforce ready credit-bearing grant. Requires, not later than July 1, 2020, the state board of education to adopt teacher licensing examinations to replace the teacher licensing examinations administered on July 1, 2019. Requires, not later than September 1, 2021, the department to implement the adopted teacher licensing examinations. Requires the commission for higher education (commission) to establish, in coordination with the department of workforce development (department) and the Indiana economic development corporation (corporation), the Let Indiana Work for You program (program) to: (1) provide to colleges and universities information concerning workforce opportunities in Indiana and other benefits of residing and working in Indiana after graduating from the college or university; and (2) implement the program. Provides that, if a college or university approves of the information under the program for distribution to students of the college or university, the: (1) commission, in coordination with the department and the corporation, shall provide the information to the college or university; and (2) college or university shall present in person or use other communication mediums to provide the information to students of the college or university. Requires the corporation to assemble and provide to the commission and the department information concerning the economic benefits of residing and working in Indiana. 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. Resolves a conflict between HEA 1074-2018 and HEA 1002-2018. ... View more