H.B. No. 2909
  relating to increasing awareness in this state of the importance of
  higher education.
         SECTION 1.  The heading to Section 29.911, Education Code,
  is amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 29.911.  GENERATION TEXAS ["EDUCATION:  GO GET IT"]
         SECTION 2.  Sections 29.911(a) and (b), Education Code, are
  amended to read as follows:
         (a)  To educate middle school, junior high school, and high
  school students about the importance of higher education, each
  school district and each open-enrollment charter school offering
  any of those grade levels shall designate one week during the school
  year as Generation Texas ["Education:  Go Get It"] Week.
         (b)  During the designated week, each middle school, junior
  high school, and high school shall provide students with
  comprehensive grade-appropriate information regarding the pursuit
  of higher education.  The information provided must include
  information regarding:
               (1)  higher education options available to students;
               (2)  standard admission requirements for institutions
  of higher education, including:
                     (A)  overall high school grade point average;
                     (B)  required curriculum; [and]
                     (C)  college readiness standards and expectations
  as determined under Section 28.008; and
                     (D)  scores necessary on generally recognized
  tests or assessment instruments used in admissions determinations,
  including the Scholastic Assessment Test and the American College
               (3)  automatic admission of certain students to general
  academic teaching institutions as provided by Section 51.803; and
               (4)  financial aid availability and requirements,
  including the financial aid information provided by counselors
  under Section 33.007(b).
         SECTION 3.  Section 61.076(c), Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (c)  The co-chairs may appoint six [three] additional
  members who are education professionals, agency representatives,
  business representatives, or other members of the community.  
  Members appointed to the council under this subsection serve
  two-year terms expiring February 1 of each odd-numbered year.
         SECTION 4.  Section 61.9701(b), Education Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (b)  The campaign must [may] include the provision of
  information on:
               (1)  the benefits of obtaining a postsecondary
               (2)  the types of institutions of higher education and
  degree programs available;
               (3)  the academic preparation needed to successfully
  pursue a postsecondary education as determined under Section 28.008
  and any other requirements for enrollment at an institution of
  higher education; and
               (4)  how to obtain financial aid and what forms of
  financial aid are available.
         SECTION 5.  Section 61.9703, Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
  The board shall [may] coordinate with the Texas Education Agency,
  the P-16 Council established under Section 61.076, and other
  appropriate entities, including regional P-16 councils and
  businesses, to [agencies as necessary to develop and] implement the
  public awareness campaign.
         SECTION 6.  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, 2011.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.B. No. 2909 was passed by the House on April
  7, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 144, Nays 0, 1 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
  No. 2909 on May 27, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 139, Nays 0,
  2 present, not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.B. No. 2909 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 25, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________