Session Law

Identifying Information:L. 2002 ch. 029
Other Identifying Information:2002 House Bill 2820
Tax Type:Other
Brief Description:An Act concerning vocational education; relating to determining credit hour equivalencies; amending K.S.A. 2001 Supp. 72-4412 and repealing the existing section.
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CHAPTER 29

HOUSE BILL No. 2820


An Act concerning vocational education; relating to determining credit hour equivalencies;

amending K.S.A. 2001 Supp. 72-4412 and repealing the existing section.


Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:

Section 1. K.S.A. 2001 Supp. 72-4412 is hereby amended to read as

follows: 72-4412. As used in this act:

(a) ``Board'' means the board of education of any school district, the

board of trustees of any community college, the board of regents of any

municipal university, the board of control of any area vocational-technical

school, the governing body of any technical college, or the chief executive

officer of any state educational institution.

(b) ``Area vocational school'' means any vocational education school

established under authority of the laws of this state, approved and offi-

cially designated as an area vocational school by the state board, and

operated under any board. Any area vocational school, except for pur-

poses of the construction of this act, may retain and use the name given

to such school prior to the effective date of this act, even though such

name includes the words ``area vocational-technical school.'' Until this

provision is amended by or repealed from law, the state board shall not

approve the establishment or operation of any area vocational school

which has not been approved for establishment or officially designated as

an area vocational school prior to the effective date of this act, except that

a community college which is consolidated with an area vocational school

or area vocational-technical school under the provisions of K.S.A. 71-1701

through 71-1706, and amendments thereto, may be designated as an area

vocational school.

(c) ``Area vocational-technical school'' means any vocational educa-

tion school which was classified as a type II area vocational-technical

school under authority of former laws or which is established and classi-

fied as a type II area vocational-technical school under authority of this

act. The school to which this definition applies is the Southeast Kansas

area vocational-technical school.

The governing body of an area vocational-technical school shall be

called a board of control and shall be constituted as is provided by agree-

ment of the boards participating therein. Members of the board of control

shall be paid subsistence allowances, mileage and other actual and nec-

essary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties. The

state board may adopt special rules and regulations applicable to the con-

duct, operation and administration of area vocational-technical schools.

Nothing in this act shall be construed to authorize the establishment or

operation of any area vocational-technical school not specifically desig-

nated in this subsection. Nothing in this act shall be deemed to prevent

any board from entering into an agreement for participation in the op-

eration of any area vocational-technical school; nor shall any board which

is now or hereafter a participant in the operation of an area vocational-

technical school be prevented by the provisions of this act from with-

drawing therefrom in the absence of a written agreement to the contrary.

(d) ``School district'' means any school district organized under the

laws of this state.

(e) ``Community college'' means any community college organized

and operating under the laws of this state.

(f) ``Municipal university'' means a municipal university established

under the provisions of article 13a of chapter 13 of Kansas Statutes An-

notated.

(g) ``State educational institution'' means the university of Kansas,

Kansas state university of agriculture and applied science, Wichita state

university, Emporia state university, Pittsburg state university, and Fort

Hays state university, and Kansas state university--Salina, college of tech-

nology.

(h) ``Technical college'' means an educational institution that for-

merly was an area vocational school or an area vocational-technical school

and that has been converted to, established as, and officially designated

a technical college under authority of this act.

(i) ``State board'' means, for the 2001-02 through 2003-04 school

years, the state board of education; and for the 2004-05 school year and

school years thereafter, the state board of regents.

(j) ``School year'' means the twelve-month period ending on June 30.

(k) ``Vocational education'' means organized educational programs of-

fering a sequence of courses which are directly related to the preparation

of individuals in paid or unpaid employment in current or emerging oc-

cupations requiring other than a baccalaureate or advanced degree. Such

programs shall include competency-based applied learning which con-

tributes to an individual's academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning,

and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills,

and the occupational-specific skills necessary for economic independence

as a productive and contributing member of society. The term vocational

education also includes technology education.

(l) ``Technology education'' means an applied discipline designed to

promote technological literacy which provides knowledge and under-

standing of the impacts of technology including its organizations, tech-

niques, tools and skills to solve practical problems and extend human

capabilities in technological areas.

(m) ``State plan'' means a document or set of documents, together

with attachments and supplements thereto, containing such provisions as

are authorized by this act and required by the Carl D. Perkins vocational

and technical education act of 1998, and acts amendatory thereof or sup-

plemental thereto.

(n) ``Associate of applied science degree program'' means a program

that is offered and maintained by a technical college, composed of vo-

cational, technology, and general education courses of instruction for

which individuals may earn college credit, designed to prepare individuals

for gainful employment in technical or technological occupations requir-

ing other than a baccalaureate or advanced degree or to qualify individuals

for transfer to another college or university and, after satisfactory com-

pletion of the requirements for graduation, results in the conferral of an

associate of applied science degree. For the purpose of awarding college

credit for completion of coursework leading to the conferral of an asso-

ciate of applied science degree, the state board of regents shall determine

the number of clock hours of instruction in general education courses or

vocational education or technology education courses which shall be

equivalent to a credit hour shall consist of 15 clock hours of instruction

in general education courses or 30 clock hours of instruction in vocational

or technology education courses.

Sec. 2. K.S.A. 2001 Supp. 72-4412 is hereby repealed.

Sec. 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its

publication in the statute book.

Approved April 4, 2002.


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Date Composed: 10/10/2002 Date Modified: 10/10/2002