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2021 legislation affecting CTE and Ag Science      

Notes for the Legislative Session for 2021

HB773

This bill written by Rep Van Deaver was designed to give flexibility on meeting A-F accountability.  If a student completes a program of study, they will receive credit for meeting for that student.  This provides another option besides certifications or the other options.  This is a desirable option as it will help you promote providing classes for students to become a completer in a program of study which would require a student to complete 4 or more credits in 3 or more classes where one must be from the level 3 or 4.  These also meets the Federal standard for Perkins’s funding.  Offering programs of study is a requirement for all schools under TEA guidelines.

HB773 one pager

TEA Programs of Studies:

Approved CTE Programs of Study | Texas Education Agency

HB1525

This bill had broad support and even though there were parts of it that we did not want. Items in this were designed to repair some items affected by HB3 including the small school allotment that was being adversely affected by CTE weighted funding.  It appeared this was being pushed by the Commissioner and his supporters with the intent to get more students detail training in level 3 and 4 courses.   Courses that are not in a program of study will be funded at 1.1 – the only ag course at this level is Mathematical Applications.  Level 1 and 2 will be funded at 1.27 – courses in this that will be affected include Principles of AFNR, and Agricultural Mechanics and Metal Fabrication.  Level 3 and 4 will be funded at 1.47  this level includes all practicums and Floral Design.  Schools will be affected in various ways.  In the documents file below is the MCA calculator to see the affect of HB1525 on your CTE funding.  I would suggest you work closely with your schools to evaluate your programs of study. I would also suggest advancing a student through the programs of study to the practicums, this generates more funding as well as skills for work-based learning. According to Representative Van Deaver,   HB3 was allowing schools to get small school allotment or their CTE funding whichever was more. Under 1525, it now allows districts to receive both.

 

HB3959

This one was designed to provide grant funding for livestock shows across Texas.  It creates a fund that can hold money from a variety of sources and shows can request grants from the funds.  This one may take a while to get funds in it for it to be available.

 

SB801

While not affecting high school agriculture, SB801 would require agriculture education in elementary.  It appears they will be forming a committee to look at available curriculum for teachers to use.  ATAT has requested to have representation on the committee.  We hope to hear more soon.

Funding

If you are not sure what your district is generating.  Use this link to see your districts funding.  You will choose the summary of finances report , choose your district, what school year and.  The HTML report is the fastest.  If you want one to print, use the pdf version.  You will look for a line that says Career and Technology funding(most schools it is line 27)  It would also tell you that 55% of this would need to be spent on direct CTE funds.  This means all CTE program in your district what should be spent including teacher salaries.

You also should reference the CCMR Bonus line #28. You impact this through industry-based certification (IBC). Funds are not typically directly allocated to CTE but are available for support.

HB 3938 Workforce Development

Transfers authority over IBCs approved for state accountability to an advisory council. The council is appointed and will included three industry representatives, three teachers or administrators, and three representing community colleges on a staggering four-year term. The list is to be developed by January 2022 and updated annually.

 

This Chart will outline the differences in CCMR (IBC impact and Programs of Study to be added with new legislation) and CCMR Outcome Bonuses (IBC impact).

 

 

 

 

 


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Resources      
NameDate AddedSize
CTE funding calculator 6/25/2021 112 KB
Legislative Agenda 2013 4/7/2020 973 KB
Legislative Agenda 2017 4/7/2020 728 KB
Legislative Priorities 2019 4/7/2020 196 KB
Legislative Priorities 2021 9/18/2020 135 KB


   
 
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