Aligned worked with the legislature to pass four bills relating to workforce alignment.
HB 1665 (Swan) Visiting Scholars was approved by the governor. This bill allows the State Board of Education to grant an initial visiting scholar certificate as a license to teach in public schools.
HB 1415 (Lauer) Teacher Externships & Business Centric Curriculum was delivered to the governor. This bill allows teachers to count hours spent in externships with local businesses as professional development hours and authorizes schools to rely on technical coursework and skills assessments development for industry-recognized certificates and credentials when developing career and technical education pathways.
HB 1465 (Cookson) Degree Offerings for Higher Education - Approved by Governor
This bill was the work product of a coalition of public two- and four-year institutions that sought to craft a policy that would allow higher education institutions to grant degrees outside their mission if it met a local workforce need.
SB 894 (Libla) STEM Career Awareness & Computer Science was delivered to the governor. This omnibus career education bill includes the following provisions:
-Establishes a "STEM Career Awareness Program" for students in grade six through eight.
-Creates "STEM Career Awareness Program Fund" to administer the program.
-Forms "Career Readiness Course Task Force" to explore the possibility of a course to explore career and education opportunities for students.
-Creates "Computer Science Education Fund" to provide professional development opportunities to teachers.
-Authorizes a tax credit to incentivize internships and employment for STEM students.
Bill / Policy ReferenceHB 1665 Visiting Scholars
HB 1415 Teacher Externships & Business Centric Curriculum
HB 1465 Degree Offerings for Higher Education
SB 894 STEM Career Awareness & Computer Science
ContactLinda Rallo, Vice President
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