Senate File 269 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1relating to education, including modifying provisions
2related to civil liability associated with secondary
3students participating in work-based learning programs and
4the career and technical education instruction provided
5to students enrolled in grades nine through twelve in
6school districts and charter schools, establishing a career
7and technical education teachers grant program within
8the department of education, making appropriations, and
9requiring the department of education to convene a senior
10year plus program task force.
11BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
1   Section 1.  NEW SECTION.  92.24  Employer liability in
2work-based learning.
   31.  For purposes of this section, unless the context
4otherwise requires:
   5a.  “Business” means any city, county, or township, including
6but not limited to a fire department or law enforcement
7office or department, public university, municipal university,
8community college, technical college or not-for-profit
9private postsecondary educational institution, corporation,
10association, partnership, proprietorship, limited liability
11company, limited partnership, limited liability partnership,
12organization or other legal entity, whether for-profit or
13not-for-profit, that does all of the following:
   14(1)  Enters into an agreement with a school district for a
15work-based learning program.
   16(2)  Directly supervises a student who is participating in
17the work-based learning program, either on the premises of the
18business or at another location.
   19b.  “Work-based learning program” means a learning program to
20which all of the following apply:
   21(1)  The program includes but is not limited to work-related,
22on-the-job training, job shadowing, internships, clinicals,
23practicums, registered apprenticeships, co-ops, supervised
24agricultural experiences, and industry-led service-learning
25projects.
   26(2)  The program is incorporated into secondary coursework
27or related to a specific field of study.
   28(3)  The program integrates knowledge and theory learned
29in the classroom or other school-approved setting with
30the practical application and development of skills and
31proficiencies in a professional work setting.
   322.  A business that accepts a secondary student in a
33work-based learning program shall not be subject to civil
34liability for any claim arising from the student’s negligent
35act or omission during the student’s participation in the
-1-1work-based learning program on the premises of the business or
2at another location.
   33.  A business that accepts a secondary student in a
4work-based learning program shall not be subject to civil
5liability for any claim for bodily injury to the student or
6another person or sickness or death by accident of the student
7arising from the student’s driving in between worksites or to
8or from the premises of the business or another location to
9participate in the work-based learning program.
   104.  A business that accepts a secondary student in a
11work-based learning program shall not be subject to civil
12liability for any claim for bodily injury to the student or
13sickness or death by accident of the student arising from the
14business’s negligent act or omission during the student’s
15participation in the work-based learning program on the
16premises of the business or at another location.
   175.  This section shall not be construed to provide immunity
18for a student or business for civil liability arising from
19gross negligence or willful misconduct stemming from a
20work-based learning program.
21   Sec. 2.  Section 256.11, subsection 5, paragraph h, Code
222023, is amended by adding the following new subparagraph:
23   NEW SUBPARAGRAPH.  (04)  Units of coursework that meet
24the requirements of any combination of coursework required
25under paragraph “a”, “b”, “d”, “e”, or “k” and incorporate the
26curriculum required under subparagraph (1) shall be deemed to
27satisfy the offer and teach requirements of this paragraph “h”
28and a student who completes such units shall be deemed to have
29met the graduation requirement of this paragraph “h”.
30   Sec. 3.  NEW SECTION.  256.20  Career and technical education
31teachers — grant program.
   321.  The department shall establish a career and technical
33education teachers grant program to provide grants to school
34districts to supplement the wages of teachers providing
35instruction pursuant to section 256.11, subsection 5, paragraph
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   22.  A school district may apply to the department for grants
3under this section to supplement the wages of teachers employed
4by the school district who provide instruction pursuant to
5section 256.11, subsection 5, paragraph “h”.
   63.  Moneys awarded under this section shall be used to
7supplement, not supplant, existing public funding used by a
8school district for similar purposes.
   94.  A career and technical education teachers grant program
10fund is established in the state treasury. The fund shall be
11administered by the department and shall consist of moneys
12appropriated by the general assembly and any other moneys
13received by the department for deposit in the fund. The
14moneys in the fund are appropriated to the department for
15the career and technical education teachers grant program.
16Notwithstanding section 8.33, moneys in the fund at the close
17of the fiscal year shall not revert to the general fund of the
18state but shall remain available for expenditure for the career
19and technical education teachers grant program for subsequent
20fiscal years. Notwithstanding section 12C.7, subsection 2,
21interest or earnings on moneys in the fund shall be credited
22to the fund.
   235.  The department shall develop a strategy for attracting
24additional financial resources for the career and technical
25education teachers grant program from other sources, which
26may include the private sector and local, state, and federal
27government funding sources. The financial resources received
28shall be credited to the career and technical education
29teachers grant program fund.
   306.  The state board shall adopt rules pursuant to chapter 17A
31to administer this section, including rules related to grant
32application materials, eligibility requirements, and award
33criteria.
34   Sec. 4.  DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION — SENIOR YEAR PLUS PROGRAM
35— TASK FORCE.
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   11.  The department of education shall convene and provide
2administrative support to a senior year plus program task force
3that shall study and make recommendations regarding all of the
4following:
   5a.  The supplementary weighting plan that applies to school
6districts that send their resident high school pupils to a
7community college for college-level classes, or to a class
8taught by a community college-employed instructor, under the
9district-to-community college sharing or concurrent enrollment
10program established under section 261E.8.
   11b.  The policies and procedures that apply to resident high
12school pupils who are enrolled in a community college for
13college-level classes under the district-to-community college
14sharing or concurrent enrollment program established under
15section 261E.8.
   162.  The task force shall include the following members:
   17a.  A parent or guardian of a student who is participating
18in the district-to-community college sharing or concurrent
19enrollment program established under section 261E.8.
   20b.  A student who is participating in the
21district-to-community college sharing or concurrent enrollment
22program established under section 261E.8.
   23c.  A representative of a school district.
   24d.  A representative of a community college.
   25e.  A representative of the department of education.
   263.  The task force shall submit a report, including findings
27and recommendations for policy changes, to the general assembly
28by December 31, 2023.
29EXPLANATION
30The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
31the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   32This bill relates to education, including modifying
33provisions relating to civil liability associated with
34secondary students participating in work-based learning
35programs and the career and technical education instruction
-4-1provided to students enrolled in grades 9 through 12 in
2school districts and charter schools, establishing a career
3and technical education teachers grant program within the
4department of education (DE), and requiring DE to convene a
5senior year plus program task force.
   6The bill provides that a business that accepts a secondary
7student in a work-based learning program shall not be subject
8to civil liability for any claim arising from the student’s
9negligent act or omission during the student’s participation
10in the program. The bill also provides that a business that
11accepts a secondary student in a work-based learning program
12shall not be subject to civil liability for any claim for
13bodily injury to the student or another person or sickness or
14death by accident of the student arising from the student’s
15driving to participate in the program. Additionally, the bill
16provides that a business that accepts a secondary student in
17a work-based learning program shall not be subject to civil
18liability for any claim for bodily injury to the student or
19sickness or death by accident of the student arising from the
20business’s negligent act or omission during the student’s
21participation in the program. The bill establishes that these
22provisions shall not be construed to provide immunity for a
23student or business for civil liability arising from gross
24negligence or willful misconduct stemming from a work-based
25learning program.
   26The bill provides that units of coursework that meet the
27requirements of the science, social studies, mathematics, or
28personal financial literacy instruction, and that incorporate
29the career and technical education curriculum, shall be deemed
30to satisfy the requirements associated with the career and
31technical education curriculum.
   32The bill establishes a career and technical education
33teachers grant program within DE to provide grants to school
34districts to supplement the wages of teachers providing career
35and technical education instruction to students enrolled in
-5-1grades 9 through 12. The bill also establishes a career and
2technical education teachers grant program fund in the state
3treasury. The bill requires DE to develop a strategy for
4attracting additional financial resources for the program
5from other sources and provides that the additional financial
6resources are to be credited to the fund. Additionally, the
7bill requires the state board of education to adopt rules to
8administer the program.
   9The bill requires DE to convene and provide administrative
10support to a senior year plus program task force. The
11bill establishes that the task force is to study and make
12recommendations regarding the supplementary weighting
13plan that applies to school districts that send their
14resident high school pupils to a community college for
15college-level classes, or to a class taught by a community
16college-employed instructor, and the policies and procedures
17that apply to resident high school pupils who are enrolled
18in a community college for college-level classes under the
19district-to-community college sharing or concurrent enrollment
20program. The bill also establishes the membership of the task
21force. The bill requires the task force to submit a report,
22including findings and recommendations for policy changes, to
23the general assembly by December 31, 2023.
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