HB 2201

83(R) - 2013
Economic & Small Business Development

Vote Recommendation

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Marsha Farney

Bill Caption

Relating to increasing the courses offered in the career and technology education curriculum.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. The Texas Education Agency anticipates that a total of five advanced CTE courses that may be used to satisfy a fourth mathematics credit will be in place by September 1, 2013. The Agency indicates that approval of a sixth course for this purpose can be accomplished within existing resources. For the purpose of this estimate, it is assumed that the availability of a sixth advanced CTE course would not significantly change the number of students generating weighted funding under the Foundation School Program. School districts and charter schools would be authorized to offer additional advanced CTE courses to satisfy a fourth credit in mathematics required for high school graduation. No significant fiscal implications would be anticipated.

Bill Analysis

Summary: HB 2201 would require the State Board of Education to choose six advanced career and technology courses by September 1, 2014 that would satisfy the fourth math credit for high school graduation. Also, the legislation would require the Commissioner of Education to provide the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the House, and the Committee Chair for the public education committee an update on the progress of incorporation advanced career and technology courses for public school core curriculum by January 1, 2015.

Analysis: HB 2201 would provide a preferential option to parents and students to expand the students' ability to learn, meet a high school graduation requirement, and prepare for college. This would neither expand nor contract the size, scope, or cost of state government. Because this legislation offers greater choice and flexibility, we support HB 2201.