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PRIOR PRINTER'S NO. 270
PRINTER'S NO. 1003
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
297
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY MAKO, BERNSTINE, DUNBAR, HICKERNELL, HAHN, FEE,
SCHLOSSBERG, IRVIN, MURT, ROTHMAN, REESE, FREEMAN, STAATS,
KEEFER, GROVE, SIMMONS, KAUFFMAN, BARRAR, HELM, SAYLOR,
DeLUCA, ZIMMERMAN, HERSHEY, SCHWEYER, FARRY, ROEBUCK, RAPP,
BROWN, GILLEN, WEBSTER, KORTZ, NELSON AND T. DAVIS,
JANUARY 30, 2019
AS AMENDED ON SECOND CONSIDERATION, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
MARCH 19, 2019
AN ACT
Amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), entitled "An
act relating to the public school system, including certain
provisions applicable as well to private and parochial
schools; amending, revising, consolidating and changing the
laws relating thereto," in preliminary provisions, providing
for career information and recruitment.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. The act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known
as the Public School Code of 1949, is amended by adding a
section to read:
Section 128. Career Information and Recruitment.--(a)
Subject to subsection (c), a school entity shall offer
representatives of skilled trades, PUBLICLY IDENTIFIED PRIORITY
OCCUPATIONS, area vocational-technical schools, community
colleges operating under Article XIX-A , AND institutions of
higher education , business, industry, charitable institutions
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and other employers with equal access to THE OPPORTUNITY TO
participate in the following:
(1) Delivery of information regarding employment, employment
training or education opportunities to students enrolled in the
school entity.
(2) Recruitment of students enrolled in the school entity.
(b) Each school entity receiving assistance under the Every
Student Succeeds Act (Public Law 114-95, 129 Stat. 1802) shall
provide military recruiters the same access to students as
provided under subsection (a).
(c) A school entity shall:
(1) Provide each of the representatives under subsections
(a) and (b) with the following:
(i) Equal access to the school entity's employment,
placement or guidance services.
(ii) At least one opportunity during the school year to
provide age-appropriate information to all students in grades
four through twelve regarding educational opportunities,
employment training or career opportunities, individually or in
a group setting, through making a presentation at a school
assembly, hosting students for a visit to an area vocational-
technical school, community college, institution of higher
education or place of employment or any other method of speaking
directly to students.
(2) Document annually the following in the plan developed
under 22 Pa. Code § 339.31 (relating to plan):
(i) The school entity's compliance with this section for the
immediately preceding school year.
(ii) The school entity's plan to provide students with
access to informational materials and career presenters as
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required under this section in the following school year.
(3) Post the plan on the school entity's publicly accessible
Internet website.
(d) A school entity may not discourage students from
pursuing any educational or career path and shall ensure that
each student enrolled in the school entity has access to the
information and activities required to be provided under this
section.
(e) The Department of Education, in collaboration with the
Department of Labor and Industry, shall develop standard
informational materials which include, but are not limited to, a
summary of regional workforce needs PRODUCED BIENNIALLY BY THE
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY , career cluster occupations,
hi gh-priority PUBLICLY IDENTIFIED PRIORITY occupations, training
opportunities and future earning potential. The materials shall
be reviewed and updated annually. Each school entity shall
ensure such materials are distributed to THAT all students in
grades four through twelve ARE PROVIDED ACCESS TO THE MATERIALS
during the school year and are also made available at any
scheduled educational or career fair.
(f) As used in this section, the following words and phrases
shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection unless
the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Institution of higher education." An accredited entity
which is any of the following:
(1) A university within the State System of Higher Education
UNDER ARTI CLE XX-A .
(2) The Pennsylvania State University, the University of
Pittsburgh, Temple University, Lincoln University or any other
institution designated as State-related by the Commonwealth.
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(3) The Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.
(4) A college established under Article XIX-G.
(5) An institution of higher education located in and
incorporated or chartered by the Commonwealth and entitled to
confer degrees as specified in 24 Pa.C.S. § 6505 (relating to
power to confer degrees) and as provided for by the standards
and qualifications prescribed by the State Board of Education
under 24 Pa.C.S. Ch. 65 (relating to private colleges,
universities and seminaries).
(6) A private school licensed under the act of December 15,
1986 (P.L.1585, No.174), known as the Private Licensed Schools
Act.
(7) A foreign corporation approved to operate an educational
enterprise under 22 Pa. Code Ch. 36 (relating to foreign
corporation standards).
"PUBLICLY IDENTIFIED PRIORITY OCCUPATION." A PROFESSION
THAT:
(1) IS HIGH-WAGE AND HIGH-SKILL FOR WHICH THERE IS EXCESS
EMPLOYER DEMAND AS MAY BE INCLUDED IN THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND INDUSTRY'S CURRENT YEAR'S HIGH-PRIORITY OR IN-DEMAND
OCCUPATIONS LIST OR THE STATE SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION'S
WORKFORCE NEEDS ASSESSMENT.
(2) REQUIRES A CREDENTIAL, CERTIFICATION, LICENSING,
POSTSECONDARY TRAINING, ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE, BACHELOR'S DEGREE,
MASTER'S DEGREE OR DOCTORAL OR FIRST PROFESSIONAL DEGREE.
"School entity." An area vocational-technical school, school
district, intermediate unit, cyber charter school, charter
school or regional charter school.
Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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