83R9561 BPG-D
  By: Hunter H.C.R. No. 82
         WHEREAS, Structural change in an increasingly global economy
  has contributed to high unemployment and a decline in wages for
  those without college degrees; and
         WHEREAS, By 2011, a quarter of all young high school
  graduates were unemployed and more than half were underemployed;
  wages for those with only a high school diploma have fallen by 12
  percent over the past decade to under $20,000 a year, below the
  poverty threshold for a family of four; and
         WHEREAS, While the job market has shrunk dramatically for
  those with no education beyond high school, and college is out of
  reach or inappropriate for many individuals, the workforce has
  great demand in "middle jobs" that require no bachelor's degree but
  necessitate education and training beyond high school, commonly
  referred to as career and technical education or CTE; and
         WHEREAS, A recent Georgetown University study found there are
  at least 29 million middle jobs in such areas as nursing, sales, and
  the trades, representing one in every five jobs and nearly half of
  all middle-class jobs; the average annual wage for these positions
  is $42,000, and more than 11 million of these jobs pay well above
  $50,000 a year, including over four million that pay $75,000 or
  more; and
         WHEREAS, The share of high school students concentrating in
  vocational studies has declined for decades, but the modern
  equivalent of vocational programming, CTE, can provide career
  exploration and curricula that align with postsecondary programs
  and employer-based training; moreover, CTE encourages persistence
  to high school graduation along with academic development and
  stronger transitions to postsecondary education; at the
  postsecondary level, CTE often results in an industry-based
  certification, a postsecondary certificate, or an associate's
  degree in a particular career or educational pathway; and
         WHEREAS, Nearly two out of every three jobs will require some
  postsecondary education and training by 2020, but the United States
  currently lags behind other countries in linking postsecondary
  education with the needs of the labor market; in order for Texas to
  remedy this gap in the educational system, it is necessary to
  explore such topics as curriculum requirements, opportunities for
  new education-workforce partnerships, and the impact of emerging
  industrial sectors; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 83rd Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby request the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the house
  of representatives to create a joint interim committee to study
  education policy as it relates to developing a skilled workforce;
  and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That the committee's proceedings and operations be
  governed by such general rules and policies for joint interim
  committees as the 83rd Legislature may adopt.