HB 16-1289 (Duran/Garcia) Incentives to Complete Career Development Courses

Originally Posted: March 4, 2016
Last Updated: April 22, 2016

Summary

The bill would create a pilot program to increase access to career development courses. The program would award $1,000 bonuses to school districts for each high school student who earns an industry certification tied to an in-demand job, finishes a rigorous workplace training program tied to key industry needs, or completes a Computer Science AP course.

Position

The Children’s Campaign supports this legislation because we know that completing industry certificates, high-quality apprenticeships and advanced computer science coursework often leads to well-paying jobs that are available but difficult to fill. After Florida adopted a similar incentive program, the number of students earning industry certifications each year rose from 800 to 45,000 in just five years, with some of the biggest gains for underserved groups including students in rural areas, students of color and students living in poverty.

Current Status

Passed the House with bipartisan support and is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Education Committee on Thursday, April 28 at 1:30 p.m. in SCR 356.

Previous Statuses


April 15, 2016

Passed the House Appropriations Committee on a party line 7-6 vote and passed on 2nd reading in the House.

April 1, 2016

Passed the House Education Committee as amended on a 10-1 bipartisan vote on Monday afternoon and was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

March 25, 2016

Scheduled to be heard by the House Education Committee on Monday, March 28 at 1:30 p.m. in HCR 0112.

March 4, 2016

Scheduled to be heard by the House Education Committee on Monday, March 28 at 1:30 p.m. in HCR 0112.