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Senate Bill 211 (SB 211) creates the Career Development Success Pilot Program (Program), the Career Development Success Fund (Fund) and makes an appropriation.Legislation Overview:
Senate Bill 211 (SB 211) creates the Career Development Success Pilot Program (Program), the Career Development Success Fund (Fund) and makes an appropriation. SECTION 1. adds a new section of the Public School Code as follows: A. Definitions B. The Program is created as a three-year pilot program to provide financial incentives to school districts to encourage students enrolled in grades nine through twelve to enroll in and complete qualified industry credential programs or qualified workplace training programs. Each participating school district may receive at least $250 and up to $750 for each student who, earned an industry-recognized credential through a qualified industry credential program or a qualified workplace training program. C. Each school district may decide annually whether to participate in the program. D. Funding for the program shall be distributed as follows ; (1) for each budget year, the department shall distribute to each participating school district an amount of at least $250 and up to $750, multiplied by the number of students reported by the participating school district as successfully earning an industry-recognized credential: (2) the department shall establish criteria to create a tiered system of funding incentives with greater funding amounts for qualified industry credential or workplace training programs that are more costly to provide; (3) a student at each participating school district may generate only one award, and (4) if the statewide sum of awards exceeds the amount of available money appropriated for awards, funds shall be reduced proportionally to cover all eligible incentive awardees. E. The department shall administer the Program, including maintaining a list of eligible industry-recognized credentials, and the collection and analysis of student, program and instructor data. F. The department shall develop and maintain annually the list of industry-recognized credentials in partnership with other departments, community colleges and employers from in-demand industries. G. The department shall provide to each school district that does not participate in the program information explaining the program. H. The Career Development Success Program Fund (Fund) is created in the state treasury. The fund shall be non-reverting until the Program has ended, at which time the unencumbered or unexpended balance remaining in the fund shall revert to the General Fund. The Fund shall be administered by the department, and money in the Fund is appropriated to the department to establish the Program. The department shall provide annual and final reports to the legislature as specified. SECTION 2 appropriates $1,200,000 from the General Fund to the Fund for expenditure in Fiscal Year 2024 and subsequent fiscal years to carry out the purposes of the Program. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of a fiscal year shall not revert to the General Fund.