Career Pathways and Technical Education Task Force

2013 Session -- Chapter 116 Article 2

Sec. 18. CAREER PATHWAYS AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION ADVISORY
TASK FORCE.

Subdivision 1. Recommendations. (a) A career pathways and technical education
advisory task force is established to recommend to the Minnesota legislature, consistent
with Minnesota Statutes, sections 120B.30, subdivision 1, and 120B.35, subdivision 3,
how to structurally redesign secondary and postsecondary education to:
(1) improve secondary and postsecondary outcomes for students and adult learners;
(2) align secondary and postsecondary education programs serving students and
adult learners;
(3) align secondary and postsecondary education programs and Minnesota's
workforce needs; and
(4) measure and evaluate the combined efficacy of Minnesota's public kindergarten
through grade 12 and postsecondary education programs.
(b) Advisory task force members, in preparing these recommendations, must
seek the advice of education providers, employers, policy makers, and other interested
stakeholders and must at least consider how to:
(1) better inform students about career options, occupational trends, and educational
paths leading to viable and rewarding careers and reduce the gap between the demand for
and preparation of a skilled Minnesota workforce;
(2) in consultation with a student's family, develop and periodically adapt, as
needed, an education and work plan for each student aligned with the student's personal
and professional interests, abilities, skills, and aspirations;
(3) improve monitoring of high school students' progress with targeted interventions
and support and remove the need for remedial instruction;
(4) increase and accelerate opportunities for secondary school students to earn
postsecondary credits leading to a certificate, industry license, or degree;
(5) better align high school courses and expectations and postsecondary
credit-bearing courses;
(6) better align high school standards and assessments, postsecondary readiness
measures and entrance requirements, and the expectations of Minnesota employers;
(7) increase the rates at which students complete a postsecondary certificate,
industry license, or degree; and
(8) provide graduates of two-year and four-year postsecondary institutions with the
foundational skills needed for civic engagement, ongoing employment, and continuous
learning.

Subd. 2. Membership. The Career Pathways Advisory Task Force shall have 15
members appointed by July 15, 2013, as follows:
(1) one member appointed by the Minnesota Association of Career and Technical
Administrators;
(2) one member appointed by the Minnesota Association for Career and Technical
Education;
(3) one member appointed by the University of Minnesota who is a faculty member
working to develop career and technical educators in Minnesota;
(4) one member appointed by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities who is
a faculty member working to develop career and technical educators in Minnesota;
(5) one member appointed by the National Research Center for Career and Technical
Education;
(6) one member appointed by the Minnesota Department of Education;
(7) one member appointed by the Minnesota Board of Teaching;
(8) one member appointed by the Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teacher
Education;
(9) one member appointed by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities from
faculty for foundational skills and general education;
(10) one member representing licensed career and technical education teachers
appointed by Education Minnesota;
(11) one member appointed by the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of
Employment and Economic Development;
(12) one member appointed by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce;
(13) one member appointed by the Minnesota Business Partnership;
(14) one member appointed by the Minnesota Secondary School Principals
Association;
(15) one member appointed by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators;
(16) one member appointed by the Minnesota School Counselors Association;
(17) one member appointed by the Minnesota Association of Charter Schools; and
(18) four members appointed by the commissioner of education who have expertise
in any of the areas with which the task force has been charged in subdivision 1.

Subd. 3. Terms. Each member shall serve until the task force sunsets, unless
replaced by their appointing authority.

Subd. 4. First meeting; acting chair; chair. The commissioner of education shall
convene the first meeting by August 15, 2013, and shall act as chair until the task force
elects a chair from among its members at the first meeting.

Subd. 5. Staff; technical assistance. The commissioner of education, on request
by the task force, will provide technical assistance and provide staff assistance sufficient
for the task force to carry out its duties.

Subd. 6. Report. By February 15, 2014, the task force shall submit a written
report describing its recommendations to the chairs and ranking minority members of the
legislative committees and divisions with primary jurisdiction over kindergarten through
grade 12 education.

Subd. 7. Sunset. The task force expires the day after the task force reports to the
legislature, or February 15, 2014, whichever is earlier.
EFFECTIVE DATE.
This section is effective the day following final enactment.