SENATE BILL No. 461
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.
January 10, 2013, read first time and referred to Committee on Education and Career
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
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
CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE UPON
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
(6) Study any additional topics the legislative council
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
(3) Assurances that, upon satisfactory fulfillment of the plan, the
(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
(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
(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
(2) service in the armed forces of the United States or the
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
(b) This SECTION expires January 1, 2014.
SOURCE: ; (13)IN0461.1.5. -->
SECTION 5. An emergency is declared for this act.