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§ 15-1525. Agreements with institutions of higher education

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 24 P.S. EducationEffective: July 8, 2022

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 24 P.S. Education
Chapter 1. Public School Code of 1949 (Refs & Annos)
Article XV. Terms and Courses of Study (Refs & Annos)
Subarticle (b). Prescribed Courses and Instruction
Effective: July 8, 2022
24 P.S. § 15-1525
§ 15-1525. Agreements with institutions of higher education
<Section 61(1) of Act 2022, July 8, P.L. 620, No. 55, imd. effective, provides that the amendment of this section by that Act shall apply to any agreement between a school district and an institution of higher education entered into or renewed after July 8, 2022.>
(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, a school entity shall enter into an agreement with an institution of higher education approved to operate in this Commonwealth in order to allow students to attend the institution of higher education while the students are enrolled in the school entity. A school entity may enter into additional agreements with other institutions of higher education approved to operate in this Commonwealth in order to allow students to attend the institutions of higher education while the students are enrolled in the school entity.
(b) Any agreement between a school entity and an institution of higher education shall be structured so that:
(1) secondary school students receive credits at or through an institution of higher education approved to operate in this Commonwealth. The credits earned by a secondary school student under this section shall be the same credits offered to a postsecondary school student enrolled at the institution of higher education;
(2) secondary school students may also receive credits toward the completion of courses required for graduation at the school entity;
(3) courses may be offered in person, online or a combination of in person and online;
(4) a school entity may pay for tuition, fees, supplies or other costs related to a secondary school student from their school entity enrolling in courses at an institution of higher education; and
(5) if a charter school, regional charter school or cyber charter school does not pay the cost of tuition, fees, supplies and related materials for a secondary school student to enroll in an approved course at an institution of higher education under this section, the secondary school student's school district of residence may reduce the tuition paid to the charter school, regional charter school or cyber charter school for the secondary school student under section 1725-A1 by the costs incurred by the secondary school student as verified and approved by the charter school, regional charter school or cyber charter school.
(c) When possible, the courses for which a secondary school student receives credits under an agreement entered into under this section shall be aligned to the graduation requirements of the secondary school student's school entity, the requirements of a career and technical education program offered by the secondary school student's school or a career pathway offered by the secondary school student's school.
(d) A school entity that enters into an agreement under this section shall weight credits for a secondary school student in a manner similar to Advanced Placement Program, International Baccalaureate Diploma Program or Cambridge advanced courses in the school entity's grading system, including both academic and technical courses.
(e) No later than July 31, 2023, and each school year thereafter, a school entity shall provide to the Department of Education the number and form of agreements the school entity has entered into under this section and the number of secondary school students participating in the agreements, including total credits earned. The Department of Education shall compile the information received under this subsection and include it in the department's electronic database or software program and portal established under section 2005-C(4).2
(f) A school entity that does not enroll secondary school students is not required to enter into an agreement with an institution of higher education under this section.
(g) When possible, the courses offered by an institution of higher education through an agreement under subsection (a) shall supplement and shall not supplant courses offered by the school entity to its secondary school students.
(h)(1) Nothing in this section shall be construed to supersede or preempt a provision of a collective bargaining agreement between a school entity and an employe organization, or a right of an employe organization under the provisions of the act of July 23, 1970 (P.L. 563, No. 195),3 known as the “Public Employe Relations Act.”
(2) As used in this section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
“Employe organization.” As defined in section 1101-A.4
“School entity.” A school district, area career and technical school, charter school, cyber charter school or regional charter school.

Credits

1949, March 10, P.L. 30, No. 14, art. XV, § 1525, added 2004, July 4, P.L. 536, No. 70, § 11, imd. effective. Amended 2022, July 8, P.L. 620, No. 55, § 28, imd. effective.

Footnotes

24 P.S. § 17-1725-A.
24 P.S. § 20-2005-C.
43 P.S. § 1101.101 et seq.
24 P.S. § 11-1101-A.
24 P.S. § 15-1525, PA ST 24 P.S. § 15-1525
Current through the end of the 2023 Regular Session. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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