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No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 1949 would require the criteria prescribed by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) for the award of incentive funds to an entity delivering adult education and literacy services based on performance during a program year to include the achievement by the entity of the following: (1) enrollment in a high school equivalency program or postsecondary ability to benefit program of at least 25% of all student receiving adult education and literacy services; and (2) the achievement by the end of that program year of a high school equivalency certificate or a postsecondary certificate by at least 70% of those students who exit the entity's program. A "post secondary ability to benefit program" is a program in which a person who does not have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate and who both qualifies for federal student financial aid and demonstrates on an assessment instrument that the person can pass college-level courses with some support may enroll.
Texas Action remains neutral on HB 1949 because it does not affect our liberty principles. While we generally oppose the creation or expansion of these types of programs, this bill seems to merely change the benchmark requirements for funding.