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provision is amended by or repealed from law, the state board shall not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

      (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-

      (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.