HB 1661-FN-LOCAL - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2022 SESSION

22-2513

10/11

 

HOUSE BILL 1661-FN-LOCAL

 

AN ACT relative to regional career technical education agreements.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Ladd, Graf. 4; Rep. Umberger, Carr. 2; Rep. Lynn, Rock. 7; Rep. Boehm, Hills. 20; Rep. Cordelli, Carr. 4; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 1; Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Kahn, Dist 10; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17

 

COMMITTEE: Education

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires sending district schools and career and technical education (CTE) centers to enter into an agreement to include scheduling, access, transportation, and credits for CTE students.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

22-2513

10/11

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Two

 

AN ACT relative to regional career technical education agreements.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  New Paragraph; Definition; RCTEA.  Amend RSA 188-E:2 by inserting after paragraph V the following new paragraph:

V-a.  "Regional career and technical education center agreement" or "RCTEA" means the governing agreement between receiving and sending schools.

2  New Section; Regional Career and Technical Education; Agreements.  Amend RSA 188-E by inserting after section 1 the following new section:

188-E:1-a  Regional Career and Technical Education Agreements (RCTEA).

I.  Each regional career and technical education receiving and sending school entity within a New Hampshire career and technical education (CTE) region shall be governed by a regional career and technical education agreement (RCTEA) which will be renewed every 4 years and submitted to the commissioner for review and approval.

II.  The department of education shall adopt rules under RSA 541-A concerning the form and procedures for RCTEA.

III.  Each RCTEA shall include a calendar conformity agreement to comply with RSA 188-E:5, VII(a) and (b) by aligning the school calendars of sending schools with the school calendars of CTE programs at the receiving school.  Agreements shall minimize schedule conflicts to better support CTE students with as many hours as possible to fulfill their program requirements.  Agreements should address schedule alignment needs such as: disruptions due to differing start/stop times, unscheduled school closures or events, and daily class start/stop times.  There may not be more than 5 instructional days following Labor Day through the last student day of the school calendar year on which one or more of the school calendars of the districts within the agreement are not aligned.  When CTE regions overlap, or students attend programs in more than one CTE, the provisions of this section shall apply to both regional centers.  The commissioner shall not approve a RCTEA that does not comply with this paragraph, however a RCTEA may contain provisions for waiver by the commissioner of dissimilar days for extenuating or emergency purposes.

IV.  Each RCTEA shall include the provisions to fulfill the recognition of credits in RSA 188-E:5, XIII.

V.  Each RCTEA shall include a plan for sending and regional schools to provide tuition and transportation for any student from a sending school who wishes to attend a CTE program, subject to attainment of prerequisites, space availability within the program, and appropriate qualifications under RSA 188-E:2, VIII(b) and RSA 188-E:8, and report to the commissioner any constraints in funding for tuition and transportation that need to be addressed to provide this opportunity.  Sending districts shall be responsible for ensuring students schedules allow for full access to CTE programs offered at the regional CTE center, including travel time on buses.

3  CTE Program; Instructional Time.  RSA 188-E:5, VII is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:

VII.(a)  All career and technical education students shall be given access to career and technical education programs for the instructional time for those programs.

(b)  Upon a joint application by a student's career and technical education center and his or her sending district, the commissioner may grant a waiver from the requirement of subparagraph (a) on a case-by-case basis.  A student waiver may be granted on a case-by-case basis from the requirement of subparagraph (a) in accordance with approved procedure in the RCTEA.

4  New Paragraph; CTE Credits.  Amend RSA 188-E:5 by inserting after paragraph XII the following new paragraph:

XIII.  A student shall be awarded required subject credit toward district graduation by demonstrating proficiency in a regional career and technical course or program that is embedded with content area competencies that meet or exceed the district subject and course graduation competencies required.  The rigor and number of graduation competencies and credits earned toward graduation shall align with the equivalent of the credits as outlined in the minimum standards for public school approval and as approved for the core course by the sending district.  A student completing an embedded career and technical education course who demonstrates proficiency in the embedded course competencies as approved by the sending district board, under the terms of the RCTEA, or by the state board of education, shall have such credits counted toward the required program area for a high school diploma.  In the case of a CTE course or program in which a student demonstrates proficiency on such competencies to partially satisfy the required competencies for an equivalent course at the sending high school, the sending district shall count partial credit toward the requirement for a high school diploma after determining the appropriate number of credits represented by such competencies in the CTE program.

5  Applicability; Rulemaking.  The requirements for regional career and technical education center agreements (RCTEA) under RSA 188-E:1-a and RSA 188-E:5 as inserted by this act shall not be implemented until rules of department of education pursuant to RSA 188-E:1-a, II are adopted and effective.

6  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.

 

LBA

22-2513

Redraft 12/27/21

 

HB 1661-FN-LOCAL- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to regional career technical education agreements.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [ X ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2022

FY 2023

FY 2024

FY 2025

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

$54,500

$54,500

$57,000

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [    ] Other

 

 

 

 

 

LOCAL:

 

 

 

 

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill requires sending district schools and career and technical education (CTE) centers to enter into an agreement to include scheduling, access, transportation and credits for CTE students. Such agreements include the New Hampshire Department of Education, each sending high school, and the Regional CTE Center. This bill also provides for the recognition of earned academic credits for coursework completed while at the regional CTE center by the sending high school. The Department states it would be charged with rulemaking, approving new components of regional agreements, evaluating and issuing waivers for extenuating or emergency purposes, and providing technical assistance to those CTE programs, sending and receiving schools, and local education agencies (LEAs) to support calendar alignment and the recognition of earned academic credits. The Department estimates this would require 50% of a full-time education consultant position (LG 27), with an estimated annual salary, benefit, and other costs of $54,500 in FY 2023, $54,500 in FY 2024, and $57,000 in FY 2025, assuming a start date of July 1, 2022 (this bill provides neither appropriation nor authority for new personnel). Lastly, the Department states local school district expenditures may increase by an indeterminable amount relative to significant time likely required in negotiating and executing calendar alignment and recognition of earned academic credits.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Education