(a) A school district or chartering authority that receives funding pursuant to this article shall agree to do all of the following for each funded school within its jurisdiction:
(1) Comply with the program requirements of this article and require that each funded schoolsite complete and meet the criteria of an academic review process that includes the elements of the school assistance and intervention team review process described in Section 52055.51, as that section read on January 1, 2013.
(2) Ensure that funded schools meet the requirements of this article.
(3) Ensure that each school administrator in a funded school is confirmed to have exemplary qualifications and experience by the end of the first full year of funding and in each year of funding thereafter. Those qualifications shall include the ability to support the success of all pupils by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community as well as the ability to advocate, nurture, and sustain a school culture and instructional program that is conducive to pupils learning and staff professional growth. The school district or chartering authority shall provide for high quality professional development for each administrator through leadership training, coaching, and mentoring and shall take all reasonable steps to maintain stable school leadership in schools that receive funding pursuant to this article. To the extent appropriate, the professional development shall be similar in quality and rigor to that provided pursuant to the Administrator Training Program under Article 4.6 (commencing with Section 44510) of Chapter 3 of Part 25.
(4) Provide all fiscal and evaluation data requested by the Superintendent for initial approval, annual reviews, and reports.
(5) Comply with subdivisions (a) to (c), inclusive, of Section 52055.630, as that section read on January 1, 2013, and in the same manner consult with the exclusive representative of classified employees.
(6) Assist eligible schools in developing and carrying out a plan to implement the provisions of this article to ensure the school district?s plan supports the work of the school.
(7) Agree to focus on conditions that improve instruction and achievement in funded schools.
(8) Express its full understanding that not meeting annual and final program and academic achievement requirements under this article will result in the termination of funding.
(9) Ensure that the funds received on behalf of funded schools are expended on that school, except that during the first partial year of funding school districts may use funding under this article for facilities necessary to meet the class size reduction requirements of this article, if all funds are spent on funded schools within the school district.
(10) Use the uniform process recommended by the Superintendent pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 52055.730 to ensure that the average teaching experience of the classroom teachers in funded schools is equal to or greater than the average teaching experience of classroom teachers in the school district as a whole.
(b) If not expressly prohibited by federal law, a school district or chartering authority on behalf of a funded school is exempt from requirements imposed on the use of state categorical or federal funds in the consolidated application, except those funds related to economic impact aid, if those funds are identified in the revised plan of Section 52055.755. Funded schools are exempt from all program requirements associated with funds in the consolidated application, except requirements regarding parent advisory committees, schoolsite councils, and special education. Funds provided under the economic aid program shall not be used to implement this program.
(c) Each funded school shall ensure that each teacher in a subject-specific classroom or teaching covered subjects participates in professional development that is made available by the school district or the schoolsite councils, is developed in a collaborative process with interested parties, and is articulated in an improvement plan. For purposes of this article, professional development activities may include collaboration time for teachers to develop new instructional lessons or analyze pupil data, mentoring projects for new teachers, or extra support for teachers to improve practice. At a minimum, appropriate professional development for the site shall be part of a coherent plan that combines school activities within the school, including, but not limited to, lesson study or coteaching, and external learning opportunities that meet all of the following criteria:
(1) Are related to the academic subjects taught.
(2) Provide time to meet and work with other teachers.
(3) Support instruction and pupil learning to improve instruction in a manner that is consistent with academic content standards.
(4) Include an average of 40 hours per teacher per year.
(d) At a minimum, professional development in a self-contained classroom shall include content regarding mathematics, science, English language arts, reading, and English language development. Professional development for teachers teaching subject specific courses shall include the specific subject and English language development. To the extent appropriate the professional development shall be similar in quality and rigor to the training provided under the Mathematics and Reading Professional Development Program in Article 3 (commencing with Section 99230) of Chapter 5 of Part 65 of Division 14 of Title 3.
(e) On or before the end of the first three years of full funding, funded schools shall do the following:
(1) Increase actual pupil attendance, as compared with monthly enrollment in the school.
(2) For secondary schools, increase graduation rates as described in Section 52055.640.
(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 47, Sec. 101.)