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Texas SB 661

Texas SB 661

This bill has been proposed as of March 2021 but has not yet passed.

AN ACT relating to the establishment of the Building Better Futures Program to support educational and occupational skills training opportunities and support services for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities at public and private institutions of higher education.

This legislation creates the Building Better Futures Program, which funds existing or emerging CTPs in Texas. The program will be overseen by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THBC). In order to apply for Building Better Futures funding, programs must either: Have been granted CTP status by the U.S. Department of Education or be awaiting approval of CTP status. If a program awaiting CTP status is given funds, they must be declared a CTP within 3 years in order to retain Building Better Futures funds.

Programs that receive Building Better Futures funding must award a certificate to each student with IDD whose studies are funded through Building Better Futures. Credit hours completed under the Building Better Futures Program cannot be transferred toward an associate or baccalaureate degree program. The THBC can use any available revenue, including legislative appropriations. Building Better Futures can also use private funding.

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