Introduced Version






SENATE BILL No. 461

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 2-5-36; IC 20-30-4.

Synopsis: Vocational arts curriculum. Provides that, as part of the annual review of a student's graduation plan, a school corporation must advise the student of the vocational training offered by the school corporation. Provides that, as part of developing a student's graduation plan, a student's guidance counselor must advise the student of the vocational training offered by the school corporation and of career opportunities in lieu of attending college, including: (1) career opportunities that require vocational or industrial training; and (2) service in the armed forces of the United States or the national guard. Requires the legislative council to establish a vocational education study committee to study certain issues related to providing vocational or industrial programs in high school. Requires the commission on state tax and financing policy to study the feasibility of offering tax incentives to a company to provide vocational or industrial job training to high school students.

Effective: Upon passage; July 1, 2013.





Waterman




    January 10, 2013, read first time and referred to Committee on Education and Career Development.







Introduced

First Regular Session 118th General Assembly (2013)


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SENATE BILL No. 461



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 2-5-36; (13)IN0461.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 2-5-36 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE UPON PASSAGE]:
    Chapter 36. Vocational Education Study Committee
    Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "committee" refers to the vocational education study committee established under section 2 of this chapter.
    Sec. 2. The legislative council, under IC 2-5-1.1-5(a)(2), shall establish an interim committee to be known as the vocational education study committee. The committee shall do the following:
        (1) Identify industrial or vocational education programs currently available to high school students.
        (2) Study methods of increasing student involvement in vocational and industrial education programs in high school.
        (3) Study ways to modernize current vocational or industrial education programs so as to provide training that enables the students to develop the job skills they need to obtain

employment in a modern workforce.
        (4) Study ways to make industrial or vocational education in high school more affordable for a school corporation.
        (5) Study ways to make free transportation more readily available for high school students who must travel off school property to attend vocational or industrial education programs.
        (6) Study any additional topics the legislative council considers necessary.
    Sec. 3. The committee shall operate under the policies governing study committees adopted by the legislative council. The committee shall submit a final report to the following:
        (1) The legislative council.
        (2) The governor.
        (3) The education roundtable.
    Sec. 4. This chapter expires July 1, 2014.

SOURCE: IC 20-30-4-2; (13)IN0461.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 20-30-4-2, AS AMENDED BY P.L.140-2008, SECTION 4, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013]: Sec. 2. (a) In consultation with the student's guidance counselor, after seeking consultation with each student's parents, and not later than the date on which the student completes grade 9, each student shall further develop the graduation plan developed in grade 6 under section 1.5 of this chapter to also include the following:
        (1) The subject and skill areas of interest to the student.
        (2) A program of study under the college/technology preparation curriculum adopted by the state board under IC 20-30-10-2 for grades 10, 11, and 12 that meets the interests and aptitude of the student.
        (3) Assurances that, upon satisfactory fulfillment of the plan, the student:
            (A) is entitled to graduate; and
            (B) will have taken at least the minimum variety and number of courses necessary to gain admittance to a state educational institution.
        (4) An indication of assessments (other than ISTEP and the graduation examination) that the student plans to take voluntarily during grade 10 through grade 12, and which may include any of the following:
            (A) The SAT Reasoning Test.
            (B) The ACT test.
            (C) Advanced placement exams.
            (D) College readiness exams approved by the department.
            (E) Workforce readiness exams approved by the department of workforce development established under IC 22-4.1-2.
     (b) As part of developing a student's graduation plan under this section, the student's guidance counselor must advise the student of the vocational training offered, if any, by the school corporation. The guidance counselor must also advise a student of career opportunities in lieu of attending college, including:
        (1) career opportunities that require vocational or industrial training; and
        (2) service in the armed forces of the United States or the national guard.

SOURCE: IC 20-30-4-6; (13)IN0461.1.3. -->     SECTION 3. IC 20-30-4-6, AS AMENDED BY P.L.140-2008, SECTION 7, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013]: Sec. 6. (a) A student's guidance counselor shall, in consultation with the student and the student's parent, review annually a student's graduation plan that was developed in grade 9 under section 2 of this chapter to determine if the student is progressing toward fulfillment of the graduation plan.
    (b) If a student is not progressing toward fulfillment of the graduation plan, the school counselor shall provide counseling services for the purpose of advising the student of credit recovery options and services available to help the student progress toward graduation.
     (c) As part of the annual review of a student's graduation plan under subsection (a), the student must be advised of the vocational training, if any, offered by the school corporation.
SOURCE: ; (13)IN0461.1.4. -->     SECTION 4. [EFFECTIVE UPON PASSAGE] (a) The commission on state tax and financing policy established under IC 2-5-3 shall, during the interim in 2013 between sessions of the general assembly, study the feasibility of offering tax incentives to a company to provide vocational or industrial job training to high school students.
     (b) This SECTION expires January 1, 2014.
SOURCE: ; (13)IN0461.1.5. -->     SECTION 5. An emergency is declared for this act.