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A00131
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
334
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY GROVE, KAUFFMAN, RYAN, MURT, HICKERNELL,
BERNSTINE, DUNBAR, McNEILL, PICKETT, BARRAR, DUSH, FEE,
JONES, MILLARD, KEEFER, SAYLOR AND ZIMMERMAN,
FEBRUARY 1, 2019
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, FEBRUARY 1, 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 terms and courses of study,
further providing for Commission for Agricultural Education
Excellence; in vocational education, providing for
utilization of credits; and providing for classification of
program code.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 1549.1(l) of the act of March 10, 1949
(P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, is
amended by adding a paragraph to read:
Section 1549.1. Commission for Agricultural Education
Excellence.--* * *
(l) The commission shall have all the following powers and
duties:
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(6) Recommend guidelines and review the Department of
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Education guidelines every five years to identify the
circumstances when a student who successfully completes an
academic course, program or activity for credit may apply the
credit toward completion of an agriculture education program.
(6) In consultation with and with the approval of the
Department of Education, develop guidelines to identify the
circumstances when a student who successfully compl etes an
academic course, program or activity for credit may apply the
credit toward the completion of an agricultural education
program. The guidelines developed under this paragraph shall be
posted on the Department of Education's publicly accessible
Internet website within fifteen days of approval. The Department
of Education shall review the guidelines at least every five
years. Any proposed update to the guidelines shall be developed
in consultation with the commission.
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Section 2. The act is amended by adding a section to read:
Section 1856. Utilization of Credits.--The Department of
Education shall issue guidelines and update the guidelines every
five years to identify the circumstances when a student who
successfully completes a course, program or activity in science,
technology, engineering or mathematics for credit may apply the
credit toward the completion of a course, program or activity
offered by any area vocational-technical school, technical
institute or vocational school or department.
Section 3. The act is amended by adding an article to read:
ARTICLE XIX-H
CLASSIFICATION OF PROGRAM CODE
Section 1901-H. Definitions.
The following words and phrases when used in this article
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shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the
context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Classification of program code." A numerical coding of
instructional programs developed by the United States Department
of Education used to identify vocational programs.
"Department." The Department of Education of the
Commonwealth.
"Public school entity." A school district, charter school,
regional charter school, cyber charter school, intermediate unit
or area vocational-technical school.
Section 1902-H. Establishment or renewal of classification of
program code.
The department shall establish a standard application form
for a public school entity seeking approval to establish or
renew a classification of program code. The form shall be
published on the department's publicly accessible Internet
website. The form shall require the following information:
(1) The name of the public school entity seeking
a pproval to establish or renew a classification of program
code .
(2) The title of the classification of program code.
(3) The occupational competency area of the
classification of program code.
(4) A description of the classification of program code.
(5) A list of skills that a student must attain in order
to complete the classification of program code.
(6) Evidence of financial support for the classification
of program code from the public school entity.
(7) Any additional information that the department deems
necessary to determine whether to approve or disapprove of
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the classification of program code.
Section 1903-H. Submission of applications.
No later than January 31 of each year, a public school entity
may submit the application under section 1902-H to the
department for approval or disapproval of a classification of
program code.
Section 1904-H. Notice of approval or denial of applications.
(a) Notice.--No later than May 31 of the year the department
receives an application under section 1902-H, the department
shall notify a public school entity which submitted the
application whether the department approved or denied the
application.
(b) Posting.--No later than June 15 of the year the
department approved the application under subsection (a), the
department shall post the classification of program code on its
publicly accessible Internet website.
Section 4. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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