(a) Applicants within each of the 11 California Technology Assistance Project regions shall compete against other applicants from that region. The amount of funding for grants available to each region shall be determined based upon the proportionate enrollment of pupils in grades 4 to 8, inclusive, in eligible schools from that region, but a region shall not be allocated less than five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) or 2 percent of available grant funds, whichever amount is greater.
(b) If a region is allocated more funding than is needed for its eligible applicants, the Superintendent may develop a policy to ensure that all funding is distributed to other regions for their eligible but unfunded applicants.
(c) Grants shall be awarded to an eligible school district for the eligible school or schools specified in the program application. All grant funds shall be spent in a manner consistent with the local educational agency technology plan, pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 51871.5 and subdivision (a) of Section 2414 of Part D of Title II of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-110), and the program application and shall be used for the eligible school or schools specified in the approved application.
(d) The initial one-time implementation grant for a school selected to receive a grant shall be calculated based upon three hundred dollars ($300) per pupil for pupils in grades 4 to 8, inclusive. Upon recommendation from the department, the State Board of Education may adopt criteria that establish fixed minimum grant levels for a small school.
(e) Subject to availability of federal funding appropriated for competitive grants under Part D of Title II of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-110), any grant recipient that successfully completes the initial grant shall receive an additional one-time grant of forty-five dollars ($45) per pupil in grades 4 to 8, inclusive, at the school or schools selected for funding. The purpose of this funding shall be to continue implementation of the grant recipients' approved technology plan in a manner consistent with the requirements of Part D of Title II of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-110), including plans to sustain the use of technology as a tool in improving teaching and pupil academic achievement once the grant period ends.
(f) This section shall become operative July 1, 2005.
(Added by Stats. 2005, Ch. 118, Sec. 13.)
Education Code 51871.5