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Bill Detail: HB20-1015

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Title Future Educator Pathways Grant Program
Status House Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations (01/28/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
  • Higher Education
  • Labor & Employment
House Sponsors J. Wilson (R)
B. Buentello (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Bridges (D)
House Committee Education
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 01/08/2020
Description

The bill creates the future educator pathways grant program (grant
program) in the department of education (department) to provide grants
to local education providers, as defined in the bill, to create future
educator pathways programs. The department shall administer the grant
program, and the state board of education (state board) shall promulgate

necessary rules for the grant program.
Future educator pathways programs prepare future educators,
including future educators in early childhood education, by providing
students with opportunities for concurrent enrollment and apprenticeships
that lead to college credit toward degrees and credentials as educators.
The state board, after consultation with the department of labor and
employment and the department of higher education, shall promulgate
rules establishing requirements for apprenticeship programs.
The bill specifies the dates by which an eligible local education
provider must apply to the department for grant money and the
information required in the grant program application. The state board
shall award grants to one or more qualified local education providers by
dates specified in the bill. A local education provider that receives a grant
is required to use the grant money for specified purposes in connection
with apprenticeship programs and concurrent enrollment. To receive a
grant, a local education provider shall commit to match state grant money
with local money equal to 25% of the grant award.
The bill specifies that the state board is required to ensure that
grants are awarded to geographically diverse local education providers
and to a mix of rural, urban, and suburban local education providers. In
addition, the state board shall award at least 20% of the total amount
awarded in grants to eligible rural local education providers, as defined
in the bill, and at least 70% of the total amount awarded in grants to
future educator pathways programs that provide apprenticeships.
The bill creates the future educator pathways fund (fund) in the
state treasury and requires the state treasurer to transfer an amount of
money specified in the bill from the general fund to the fund in the
2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23 state fiscal years. The state board may
award grant program grants in a fourth year of the program if money
remains in the fund after the third grant cycle.
The department is required to submit an annual report on the grant
program to the governor and the house and senate education committees
that includes specified information, including a final report.

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