(a) To be eligible for a stipend under this article, an experienced teacher must meet all of the following criteria:
(1) The experienced teacher must have a professional clear credential that would allow the teacher to instruct at the grade level and in the subject matter to which the beginning teachers or interns that the experienced teacher is assisting are assigned.
(2) The experienced teacher must have no less than seven years of recent experience instructing at one or more of the grade levels and in the subject matter to which the beginning teachers or interns that the experienced teacher is assisting are assigned.
(3) The experienced teacher must teach in a staff priority school and agree to provide assistance to at least one, but not more than five, intern teachers or beginning teachers, for a period of at least five years.
(4) The experienced teacher must meet the needs of the school and have demonstrated ability to foster pupil achievement and learning, as determined by the school principal.
(b) An annual stipend for an experienced teacher who meets the criteria of subdivision (a) and agrees to teach in a staff priority school shall be six thousand dollars ($6,000) per year, or another amount as specified in the Budget Act for the fiscal year in which the stipend is provided to the teacher.
(Added by Stats. 2006, Ch. 517, Sec. 27.)