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THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
796
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY SOLOMON, BERNSTINE, KLUNK, MURT, SIMS,
SCHLOSSBERG, HILL-EVANS, CIRESI, KEEFER, OTTEN, LAWRENCE,
MARKOSEK, NEILSON, ECKER, HARRIS AND COX, MARCH 12, 2019
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, MARCH 12, 2019
AN ACT
Establishing the Schools-to-Work Program; and providing for
powers and duties of the Department of Education Labor and
Industry.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Short title.
This act shall be known and may be cited as the Schools-to-
Work Act.
Section 2. Definitions.
The following words and phrases when used in this act shall
have the meanings given to them in this section unless the
context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Business." An entity authorized to do business in this
Commonwealth and subject to taxes imposed under Article III, IV,
VI, VII, VIII, IX, XV or XX of the act of March 4, 1971 (P.L.6,
No.2), known as the Tax Reform Code of 1971, or a tax under
Article XVI of the act of May 17, 1921 (P.L.682, No.284), known
as The Insurance Company Law of 1921. The term includes a pass-
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through entity, including a pass-through entity the purpose of
which is participating under this act and whose shareholders,
partners or members are composed of owners or employees of other
business firms.
"Department." The Department of Education Labor and Industry
of the Commonwealth.
"Participating partnership." A school or schools partnered
with one or more businesses which have been awarded a grant
under the program.
"Program." The Schools-to-Work Program established under
section 3.
"School." A public school, including a charter school, cyber
charter school, intermediate unit or area vocational-technical
school, operating in a school district in this Commonwealth. A
school in a school district, charter school, regional charter
school, cyber charter school, intermediate unit or career and
technical school in this Commonwealth.
"Sponsor." An entity which is or will be registered with the
department as a pre-apprenticeship program and which will have
the full responsibility for the administration and operation of
the program.
Section 3. Schools-to-Work Program.
(a) Establishment.--The Schools-to-Work Program is
established in the department to distribute grants on a
competitive basis to schools to support the establishment or
enhancement of partnerships with local businesses in order to
fill current and anticipated needs for employees with necessary
job qualifications and certifications. The department shall, in
consultation with the Department of Education, establish a
Schools-to-Work Program to award grants on a competitive basis
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to support the establishment or enhancement of workforce
development partnerships between schools, employers,
organizations or associations to create employment and training
pathways.
(b) Grant proposals.--In order to apply for a grant under
the program, a school must submit a grant proposal to the
department. Subject to department and school district policy, a
school may join with other schools within or outside the school
district in submitting a proposal. The proposal may provide for
partnership with one or more businesses. The proposal shall
include all of the following:
(1) Participation of at least one local business.
(2) Work-based learning opportunities for participating
students, including workplace visits, internships,
apprenticeships, mentorships or employment opportunities.
(3) Identification of the qualifications and
certifications necessary to fill current and anticipated
employment needs of the participating business.
(4) Opportunities for students to earn industry-
recognized qualifications and certifications.
(5) Identification of additional personnel needed, if
any, in order to matriculate the number of certificate-
holding and qualified students needed to fill positions
within participating businesses.
(6) Description of the relationship between the
participating business and the school in creating curricula
that will lead to certification of students, apprenticeships
and jobs with participating businesses.
In order to apply for a grant under the program, a sponsor
must submit a grant proposal to the department that includes all
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of the following:
(1) Partnership with at least one school.
(2) Learning opportunities for participating students,
including classroom training, workplace visits, internships,
apprenticeships, mentorships, employment opportunities,
special education transition, capstone cooperative education,
job shadowing or externships.
(3) Identification of the qualifications and
certifications necessary to fill current and anticipated
regional labor market needs.
(4) Description of outcomes from the successful
completion of the program, which may include the attainment
of industry-recognized qualifications and certifications or
college credits, and an explanation of how college credits
earned will be transcripted and transferrable.
(5) Pathways for transition to a registered
apprenticeship program, post-secondary education program or
employment.
(6) Demonstration of existing qualified program
personnel, or identification of additional personnel needed,
if any, to establish or increase program capacity to meet or
contribute toward meeting current and anticipated regional
labor market needs.
(7) Description of program curricula.
(8) A program budget, including the amount of grant
money being requested and any additional financial resources
being used for the program.
(c) Additional information.--A grant proposal may include
all of the following:
(1) Participation of a local work force investment
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board.
(2) Opportunity for students to earn college credit.
(3) A commitment of private matching funds.
(4) Participation of a chamber of commerce or other
similar business organization.
(d) (c) Priority of applications.--The department shall give
priority to proposals that:
(1) Demonstrate a strong need for career and technical
instructors.
(2) Provide internships or apprenticeships to students
from grade nine through graduation.
(3) Indicate the intent of a participating business to
hire students in the program upon graduation.
(4) Involve a partnership between multiple schools and
multiple businesses.
(5) Demonstrate additional financial or personnel
resources that will be used as matching support, in whole or
in part, for the grant proposal.
(1) Demonstrate a strong need to build new or existing
program capacity to meet or contribute toward meeting current
and anticipated regional labor market needs.
(2) Incorporate students from grades nine through
twelve.
(3) Prioritize program completion and transition to
post-secondary training, education or employment.
(4) Involve a partnership between multiple schools or
school districts, employers, organizations or associations.
(5) Demonstrate sustainability by leveraging additional
financial or personnel resources that will be used for the
program.
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(e) (d) Grant distribution.--The department shall award a
total of eight grants under the program. No participating
partnership is eligible to receive more than two grants. Each
grant award is limited to no more than 25% of the total funds
appropriated for the program in any fiscal year. The department
shall consider geographic diversity when selecting grant
recipients. The department shall, in consultation with the
Department of Education, award grants under the program. The
department shall consider geographic diversity when selecting
grant recipients.
(f) (e) Limitation.--A school may use grant money only for
the purposes stated in the school's grant proposal. A school
shall return to the department any remaining grant money not
used for the program.
Section 4. Memorandum of understanding.
A participating partnership shall execute a memorandum of
understanding that outlines the responsibilities of the
participants. The responsibilities shall include all of the
following:
(1) Commitment to align high school and postsecondary
coursework with technical skills and workplace competencies
as defined by industry.
(2) Meaningful work-based learning opportunities for
participating students, including workplace visits,
internships, apprenticeships and mentorships.
(3) Commitment to develop a scope and sequence of
courses, curricula and work-based learning programs that
ensure students can earn relevant postsecondary credits or
industry certification.
(4) Articulation language that ensures any postsecondary
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credits earned in the program are transcripted and
transferrable.
(5) If the participating partnership includes multiple
schools or businesses:
(i) Delineation of the responsibilities of each
school and business.
(ii) How grant money and resources dedicated to the
program will be divided among the participants.
Section 5. Reporting requirements.
(a) Schools.--A school participating in the program shall be
required to report to the department data related to the
program, including all of the following:
(1) The number of students certified as a result of the
program.
(2) The number of students who secured internships or
apprenticeships with participating businesses.
(3) The number of students employed as a result of
participating in the program.
(4) A detailed description of the use of grant money,
including an itemized list of expenditures.
(5) Other data deemed relevant or necessary by the
department.
(b) Annual reporting.--A school shall submit a report under
subsection (a) for each year in which the school participates in
the program. Grant money may be used only for the purposes
stated in the grant proposal. Any remaining grant money not used
for the program shall be returned to the department.
Section 4. Reporting requirements.
(a) Reports to the department.--A grant recipient shall be
required to report to the department annually data related to a
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program, including all of the following:
(1) The number of students who entered the program,
successfully completed the program or earned industry-
recognized qualifications, certifications or college credits,
including descriptions and totals of each credential.
(2) The number of students who transitioned to post-
secondary training, education or employment.
(3) Other data deemed relevant or necessary by the
department in consultation with the Department of Education.
(b) Annual reporting.--The department shall provide an
initial report to the General Assembly within two years of
commencement of the program and a report each year thereafter
that the program is in effect.
Section 5. Notice of funding.
Upon the initial appropriation of sufficient money to carry
out the provisions of this act or a determination by the
department that sufficient money is available from existing
sources to carry out the provisions of this act, the department
shall transmit notice that the program will be implemented with
available funds to the Legislative Reference Bureau for
publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
Section 6. Expiration.
This act shall expire June 30, 2024., or five years after the
effective date of this act, whichever is later.
Section 7. Effective date.
This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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