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  S.B. No. 2258
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to intensive summer programs for public school students
  and to college readiness programs at public institutions of higher
  education.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 29.098, Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 29.098.  INTENSIVE SUMMER PROGRAMS. (a)  In this
  section, "pilot program" means the intensive summer pilot program
  for students identified as being at risk of dropping out of school
  or college.
         (b)  The [From funds appropriated for that purpose, the]
  commissioner [of education and the commissioner of higher education
  by rule] shall establish a pilot program to award grants to
  participating campuses to provide intensive academic instruction
  during the period in which school is recessed for the summer
  [semester] to promote college and workforce readiness to students
  identified as being at risk of dropping out of school, as defined by
  Section 29.081 [or college]. A grant awarded under this section may
  be used to fund any of the following categories of programs:
               (1)  [a program administered by an institution of
  higher education to provide intensive academic instruction in
  English language arts, mathematics, and science to facilitate the
  student's transition from high school to a postsecondary
  institution;
               [(2)]  a program administered by a school district in
  partnership with an institution of higher education to provide
  intensive academic instruction in English language arts,
  mathematics, and science to promote high school completion and
  college readiness; and
               (2) [(3)]  a program administered by a school district
  in partnership with an institution of higher education to provide
  intensive academic instruction in reading and mathematics to
  students in grades six through eight to promote high school
  completion and college readiness.
         (c)  The commissioner [of education] may select for
  participation in the pilot program only a campus that is eligible
  under the criteria established under Section 39.358.
         (d)  [A grant may be awarded to an institution of higher
  education for a program administered under Subsection (b)(1) only
  if at least 50 percent of the students served in the program:
               [(1)     have a score on the Scholastic Assessment Test
  (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) that is equal to a score less
  than the national mean score;
               [(2)     have been awarded a grant under the federal Pell
  grant program;
               [(3)     are at least 20 years of age on the date the
  student initially enrolls in the institution of higher education;
  or
               [(4)     have enrolled or will initially enroll as a
  part-time student.
         [(e)     A program supported by a grant to provide intensive
  summer instruction under this section must:
               [(1)  provide rigorous academic instruction;
               [(2)  provide at least four weeks of instruction; and
               [(3)     for a program described by Subsection (b)(2) or
  (3), be designed and implemented in partnership with an institution
  of higher education.
         [(f)     To the extent practicable, an institution of higher
  education shall create work-study opportunities for students
  enrolled in teacher preparation programs to assist in providing
  instruction in programs described by this section.
         [(g)]  A grant awarded under this section:
               (1)  may not exceed $750 for each participating
  student; and
               (2)  must be matched by not less than $250 for each
  participating student in other federal, state, or local funds,
  including private donations.
         (e) [(h)]  For purposes of Subsection (d)(2) [(g)(2)], a
  school district is encouraged to use funds allocated under Section
  42.2516(b)(3).
         (f) [(i)]  A grant awarded under this section may not be used
  to replace federal, state, or local funds previously spent on a
  summer intensive program, but may be used to expand an existing
  program.
         (g) [(j)]  The entire amount of a grant awarded under this
  section:
               (1)  must fund the program described in the application
  for the grant; and
               (2)  may be used for:
                     (A)  instructional materials;
                     (B)  technology used primarily for the delivery of
  supplementary instruction;
                     (C)  teacher training and professional
  development, including educator stipends; and
                     (D)  other necessary costs, as determined by the
  commissioner [of education].
         (h) [(k)]  Instructional materials adopted by the State
  Board of Education shall be used for instruction in a program under
  this section [Subsection (b)(2) or (3)]. The State Board of
  Education may adopt any additional instructional materials as
  necessary for a program under this section [Subsection (b)(2) or
  (3). The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board may adopt
  instructional materials as necessary for students enrolled in a
  program under Subsection (b)(1)].
         (i) [(l)]  The State Board of Education [and the Texas Higher
  Education Coordinating Board] shall include information technology
  instructional resources that incorporate established best
  practices for instruction among approved instructional materials
  for intensive summer programs under this section to enhance the
  effectiveness of the programs.
         SECTION 2.  Section 61.0762, Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 61.0762.  PROGRAMS TO ENHANCE STUDENT SUCCESS. (a)  To
  implement the college readiness and success strategic action plan
  adopted under Section 61.0761 and to enhance the success of
  students at institutions of higher education, the board by rule
  shall [develop]:
               (1)  develop [summer] higher education bridge programs
  in the subject areas of mathematics, science, social science, or
  [and] English language arts to increase student success by reducing
  the need for developmental education;
               (2)  develop incentive programs for institutions of
  higher education that implement research-based, innovative
  developmental education initiatives;
               (3)  develop a pilot program to award grants to
  institutions of higher education for intensive programs designed to
  address the needs of students at risk of dropping out of college
  [financial assistance programs for educationally disadvantaged
  students, as defined by Section 5.001, who take college entrance
  and college readiness assessment instruments];
               (4)  develop professional development programs for
  faculty of institutions of higher education on college readiness
  standards and the implications of such standards on instruction;
  and
               (5)  develop other programs as determined by the board
  that support the participation and success goals in "Closing the
  Gaps," the state's master plan for higher education.
         (b)  The board may award a grant under Subsection (a)(3) to
  an institution of higher education only if at least 50 percent of
  the students served in the program:
               (1)  have a score on the Scholastic Assessment Test
  (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) that is less than the national
  mean score for that test;
               (2)  have been awarded a grant under the federal Pell
  grant program;
               (3)  are at least 20 years of age on the date the
  student enrolls as a first-time freshman in the institution of
  higher education;
               (4)  have enrolled or will initially enroll as a
  part-time student; or
               (5)  meet any other requirements established by the
  board.
         SECTION 3.  Section 39.363, Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 39.363.  FUNDING FOR CERTAIN PROGRAMS. (a)  From funds
  appropriated, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board shall
  allocate $8.75 million each year to establish mathematics, science,
  and technology teacher preparation academies under Section 21.462,
  provide funding to the commissioner of education to [and] implement
  and administer the program under Section 29.098, and award grants
  under Section 61.0762(a)(3).
         (b)  The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board shall
  establish mathematics, science, and technology teacher preparation
  academies under Section 21.462, provide funding to the commissioner
  of education to [and] implement and administer the program under
  Section 29.098, and award grants under Section 61.0762(a)(3) in a
  manner consistent with the goals of this subchapter and the goals in
  "Closing the Gaps," the state's master plan for higher education.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2009.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 2258 passed the Senate on
  May 4, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 2258 passed the House on
  May 27, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 148, Nays 0, one
  present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor