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H*4520
Session 109 (1991-1992) 

H*4520 Concurrent Resolution, By J.T. McElveen, Alexander, J.J. Bailey, 
R.A. Barber, Boan, A.W. Byrd, T.L. Farr, J.G. Felder, J.L. Harris, Harvin, 
J.H. Hodges, W.S. Houck, Jennings, Kennedy, H.H. Keyserling, C.V. Marchbanks, 
D.E. Martin, J.G. Mattos, D.E. McTeer, Phillips, T.F. Rogers, J.J. Snow, 
C.Y. Waites, L.S. Whipper and Wilkes
 A Concurrent Resolution to establish a committee to study issues relating to
 middle, junior high, and high school students who likely will not attend
 college or will drop out of school, including considerations pertaining to
 apprentice programs, mentorship programs, community service and business
 approaches, the tech-prep program, post-secondary options programs, and
 incentives for graduating from high school.

   03/04/92  House  Introduced HJ-48
   03/04/92  House  Referred to Committee on Education and Public
                     Works HJ-48
   04/09/92  House  Recalled from Committee on Education and Public
                     Works HJ-87
   04/15/92  House  Adopted, sent to Senate HJ-44
   04/16/92  Senate Introduced SJ-12
   04/16/92  Senate Referred to Committee on Education SJ-15
   04/22/92  Senate Committee report: Favorable Education SJ-9
   04/29/92  Senate Amended and adopted SJ-346
   04/29/92  Senate Returned to House with amendments SJ-347
   05/05/92  House  Concurred in amendment HJ-43



ADOPTED BY THE SENATE

April 29, 1992

H. 4520

Introduced by REPS. McElveen, Mattos, J. Bailey, Farr, Keyserling, Whipper, Jennings, Waites, Houck, D. Martin, Snow, Phillips, T.C. Alexander, Barber, Rogers, Byrd, Wilkes, Harvin, Felder, J. Harris, Hodges, McTeer, Boan, Marchbanks and Kennedy

S. Printed 4/29/92--S.

Read the first time April 16, 1992.

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

TO ESTABLISH A COMMITTEE TO STUDY ISSUES RELATING TO MIDDLE, JUNIOR HIGH, AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO LIKELY WILL NOT ATTEND COLLEGE OR WILL DROP OUT OF SCHOOL, INCLUDING CONSIDERATIONS PERTAINING TO APPRENTICE PROGRAMS, MENTORSHIP PROGRAMS, COMMUNITY SERVICE AND BUSINESS APPROACHES, THE TECH-PREP PROGRAM, POST-SECONDARY OPTIONS PROGRAMS, AND INCENTIVES FOR GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL.

Amend Title To Conform

Whereas, South Carolina will not be able to grow and its citizens prosper unless its students are adequately educated to confront the challenges of a rapidly changing world; and

Whereas, almost one-third of South Carolina students drop out of high school and the majority of students do not pursue post-secondary education; and

Whereas, the education of those students who take general curriculum courses in high school too often leave them inadequately prepared to enter the job market upon leaving high school or to be productive citizens; and

Whereas, these students are frequently called the "forgotten half" because, while almost every other developed country in the world provides meaningful joint education and work-related experiences to encourage responsible citizenship and to develop work skills, the United States does not specifically address these students' education needs which results in one of the highest dropout rates, highest youth unemployment rates, highest youth crime rates, and highest children-in-poverty rates among developed countries. South Carolina unfortunately ranks even worse than the United States in some of these categories; and

Whereas, accountability measures established by the Education Finance Act and Education Improvement Act and continued by the Target 2000 Act have certain provisions that provide programs and funding for these types of students; and

Whereas, as the requirements of employment become more and more sophisticated, South Carolina must do a better job of working with noncollege bound high school students to make sure they are prepared for today's workplace; and

Whereas, South Carolina's broad goal in education must be to challenge every student to achieve his highest level of ability while assuring at the same time that every child is educated sufficiently to become a productive member of society. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:

That a committee is created to study issues relating to middle, junior high, and high school students who likely will not attend college or will drop out of school, including as areas of study such critical issues as early career counseling of these students, the Tech-Prep program, mentorship programs including the Learning Web Program, the new Oregon and Kentucky reform legislation, post-secondary options programs, the German, Dutch, and Swedish apprenticeship programs, the experience based career education and cooperative education programs, Job Corps program, school-within-a-school business academies, community service, and incentives for graduating from high school.

This committee shall investigate what is currently being provided to South Carolina students who are not college-bound, and compare that to what is being provided to students in leading developed countries and other states against which South Carolina businesses and industries compete for economic development. Such items, among others, of which the committee shall make a comparative study, are:

(1) the use of workplaces in community settings as learning environments;

(2) the link between successful employment and work experiences and academic learning through apprenticeship learning arrangements;

(3) the transition from school to work community responsibility;

(4) the fostering of close relationships between youth and adult mentors; and

(5) simultaneous experiences as a worker with real responsibility and a learner.

The committee shall consist of thirty-five members appointed as provided herein. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the State Superintendent of Education, the Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, the Chairman of the House Education and Public Works Committee, and the Chairman of the Business-Education Subcommittee shall each appoint three members of the committee. The chairman of the committee must be elected by the committee and must not be primarily engaged in the field of education.

The Commissioner of Higher Education, Executive Director of the State Technical and Comprehensive Education System, and Executive Director of the Employment Security Commission shall each appoint two members to the committee. The remaining members of the committee must be appointed by the Commissioner of Higher Education from the following professional organizations:

(1) one member appointed upon recommendation of the State Teacher Forum;

(2) one principal of a public high school of this State appointed upon recommendation of the Secondary School Principals Association;

(3) one superintendent of a school district of this State appointed upon recommendation of the South Carolina Administrators Association;

(4) one member appointed upon recommendation of the South Carolina Vocational Directors Association;

(5) one member appointed upon recommendation of the South Carolina Association of Adult Education Directors;

(6) one member appointed upon recommendation of the State Chamber of Commerce;

(7) one member appointed upon recommendation of the Council of College Presidents; and

(8) one member appointed upon recommendation of the Council of Technical College Presidents.

A staff analysis team shall provide support for the committee. This team shall include the research directors of the Senate Education Committee and the House Education and Public Works Committee, the research director of the EIA Select Committee, and the executive director of the Business-Education Subcommittee. Other state officials or employees also shall provide help to the committee and the staff analysis team as is required.

Upon adoption of this resolution, the staff analysis team shall meet and develop a strategy to secure the appointments for this committee. Forty-five days after this resolution is adopted, the staff analysis team shall poll the appointees made by that date to determine a suitable meeting date. Upon completion of the poll, a date to have the first meeting to organize the committee must be set. Individuals or organizations which have not made or recommended appointments by that date must be reminded of the need to make their appointments or recommendations and apprised of the first meeting date.

Of the funds allocated to the EIA Select Committee for the evaluation of education programs and policies, up to $50,000 may be expended for the studies and work of the committee.

The committee and staff analysis team shall work with such organizations as the National Alliance of Business in determining which components of total quality management may effectively apply to secondary schools in general and particularly to the education of disadvantaged and students who may drop out of school or not attend college. The committee shall work with such organizations as the National Center for Education and the Economy, the National Alliance for Restructuring Education, and Business Roundtable to determine how the education processes, employment and training practices, and community services may need to be redesigned for students aged twelve to nineteen who typically enter the job market directly after leaving school or who may drop out of school. The committee shall seek the assistance of the Southern Regional Education Board and Education Commission of the States in their study and deliberations of the most promising and effective options for South Carolina. In its discretion, the committee may contract with independent entities for any evaluations or studies deemed appropriate by the committee to carry out its role as prescribed herein.

By December 15, 1992, the committee shall issue its first interim report of any findings and policy or funding changes that need to be initiated as a first phase to redesign the education and related systems or further carry out this study. By June 15, 1993, the committee shall issue its second interim report proposing the next phase of needed changes, and by December 15, 1993, it shall issue its final report. The Select Committee and Business-Education Subcommittee are responsible for monitoring the implementation of the committee's recommendations. To assist in the implementation of this resolution, the committee may create such advisory committees and subcommittees of its membership as it considers necessary. All reports of this committee shall be submitted to the House Education and Public Works Committee, the Senate Education Committee, the EIA Select Committee, the Business-Education Subcommittee and the Business-Education Partnership.

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