Bill Text: TX HB1640 | 2017-2018 | 85th Legislature | Engrossed


Bill Title: Relating to ensuring continuity of education for homeless children and foster care youth and access to higher education, career information, and skills certification for foster care youth and former foster care youth.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2017-05-22 - Referred to Education [HB1640 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-HB1640-Engrossed.html
  85R25537 MK-D
 
  By: Vo, Bernal H.B. No. 1640
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to ensuring continuity of education for homeless children
  and foster care youth and access to higher education, career
  information, and skills certification for foster care youth and
  former foster care youth.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 25.007(b), Education Code, as amended by
  Chapters 746 (H.B. 1804), 822 (H.B. 3748), and 1206 (S.B. 1494),
  Acts of the 84th Legislature, Regular Session, 2015, is reenacted
  and amended to read as follows:
         (b)  In recognition of the challenges faced by students who
  are homeless or in substitute care, the agency shall assist the
  transition of students who are homeless or in substitute care from
  one school to another by:
               (1)  ensuring that school records for a student who is
  homeless or in substitute care are transferred to the student's new
  school not later than the 10th working day after the date the
  student begins enrollment at the school;
               (2)  developing systems to ease transition of a student
  who is homeless or in substitute care during the first two weeks of
  enrollment at a new school;
               (3)  developing procedures for awarding credit,
  including partial credit if appropriate, for course work, including
  electives, completed by a student who is homeless or in substitute
  care while enrolled at another school;
               (4)  developing procedures to ensure that a new school
  relies on decisions made by the previous school regarding placement
  in courses or educational programs of a student who is homeless or
  in substitute care and places the student in comparable courses or
  educational programs at the new school, if those courses or
  programs are available;
               (5)  promoting practices that facilitate access by a
  student who is homeless or in substitute care to extracurricular
  programs, summer programs, credit transfer services, electronic
  courses provided under Chapter 30A, and after-school tutoring
  programs at nominal or no cost;
               (6) [(5)]  establishing procedures to lessen the
  adverse impact of the movement of a student who is homeless or in
  substitute care to a new school;
               (7) [(6)]  entering into a memorandum of understanding
  with the Department of Family and Protective Services regarding the
  exchange of information as appropriate to facilitate the transition
  of students in substitute care from one school to another;
               (8) [(7)]  encouraging school districts and
  open-enrollment charter schools to provide services for a student
  who is homeless or in substitute care in transition when applying
  for admission to postsecondary study and when seeking sources of
  funding for postsecondary study;
               (9) [(8)]  requiring school districts, campuses, and
  open-enrollment charter schools to accept a referral for special
  education services made for a student who is homeless or in
  substitute care by a school previously attended by the student, and
  to provide comparable services to the student during the referral
  process or until the new school develops an individualized
  education program for the student;
               (10) [(9)]  requiring school districts, campuses, and
  open-enrollment charter schools to provide notice to the child's
  educational decision-maker and caseworker regarding events that
  may significantly impact the education of a child, including:
                     (A)  requests or referrals for an evaluation under
  Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. Section 794), or
  special education under Section 29.003;
                     (B)  admission, review, and dismissal committee
  meetings;
                     (C)  manifestation determination reviews required
  by Section 37.004(b);
                     (D)  any disciplinary actions under Chapter 37 for
  which parental notice is required;
                     (E)  citations issued for Class C misdemeanor
  offenses on school property or at school-sponsored activities;
                     (F)  reports of restraint and seclusion required
  by Section 37.0021; and
                     (G)  use of corporal punishment as provided by
  Section 37.0011;
               (11) [(10)]  developing procedures for allowing a
  student who is homeless or in substitute care who was previously
  enrolled in a course required for graduation the opportunity, to
  the extent practicable, to complete the course, at no cost to the
  student, before the beginning of the next school year;
               (12) [(11)]  ensuring that a student who is homeless or
  in substitute care who is not likely to receive a high school
  diploma before the fifth school year following the student's
  enrollment in grade nine, as determined by the district, has the
  student's course credit accrual and personal graduation plan
  reviewed;
               (13) [(12)]  ensuring that a student in substitute care
  who is in grade 11 or 12 be provided information regarding tuition
  and fee exemptions under Section 54.366 for dual-credit or other
  courses provided by a public institution of higher education for
  which a high school student may earn joint high school and college
  credit; [and]
               (14) [(13)]  designating at least one agency employee
  to act as a liaison officer regarding educational issues related to
  students in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and
  Protective Services; and
               (15) [(14)]  providing other assistance as identified
  by the agency.
         SECTION 2.  Section 25.007, Education Code, is amended by
  adding Subsection (c) to read as follows:
         (c)  The commissioner may establish rules to implement this
  section and to facilitate the transition between schools of
  children who are homeless or in substitute care.
         SECTION 3.  Subchapter B, Chapter 264, Family Code, is
  amended by adding Section 264.1211 to read as follows:
         Sec. 264.1211.  CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION PROGRAM.  
  (a)  The department shall collaborate with local workforce
  development boards, foster care transition centers, community and
  technical colleges, schools, and any other appropriate workforce
  industry resources to create a program that:
               (1)  assists foster care youth and former foster care
  youth in obtaining:
                     (A)  a high school diploma or a high school
  equivalency certificate; and
                     (B)  industry certifications that are necessary
  for occupations that are in high demand;
               (2)  provides career guidance to foster care youth and
  former foster care youth; and
               (3)  informs foster care youth and former foster care
  youth about the tuition and fee waivers for institutions of higher
  education that are available under Section 54.366, Education Code.
         (b)  Not later than September 1, 2018, the department, in
  collaboration with the Texas Education Agency, shall produce a
  report on the program created under Subsection (a).  The report must
  include recommendations for legislative or other action to further
  develop the program.  The department shall submit the report to the
  governor, the lieutenant governor, the speaker of the house of
  representatives, and the standing committees of the legislature
  with jurisdiction over education.  This subsection expires
  September 1, 2019.
         SECTION 4.  Section 25.007(b), Education Code, as reenacted
  and amended by this Act, applies beginning with the 2017-2018
  school year.
         SECTION 5.  To the extent of any conflict, this Act prevails
  over another Act of the 85th Legislature, Regular Session, 2017,
  relating to nonsubstantive additions to and corrections in enacted
  codes.
         SECTION 6.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
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