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Article 1.5. Kindergarten Readiness Pilot Program   

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(a) For the 2006-07 to 2012-13 school years, inclusive, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall allocate a grant of funds for a participating school district for each year of participation to cover the costs of developing and operating the school district kindergarten readiness program, including, but not limited to, the costs of administration and the costs associated with services provided to parents and children in the program. For any participating school district, annual funding is subject to the limitations and requirements of this subdivision and may not exceed the per-pupil amount nor the total amount computed as follows:

(1) Five dollars ($5) per hour for each hour of attendance for each child participating in the kindergarten readiness program up to a maximum of 150 hours of attendance for each child. The amount per hour shall be adjusted annually, commencing with the 2007-08 school year for the inflation adjustment calculated pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 42238.1.

(2) For purposes of total funding to a participating school district, the amount claimed may not exceed an amount equivalent to multiplying the amount in paragraph (1) by a number equal to 50 percent of the entire kindergarten second principal apportionment average daily attendance for the 2005-06 school year of the school district or, in a school district that is not implementing the pilot project authorized by this article on a districtwide basis, by a number equal to 50 percent of the kindergarten second principal apportionment average daily attendance for the 2005-06 school year of the schools in the district that are implementing the program.

(b) For the 2006-07 school year, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall allocate a one-time incentive grant to enhance transition of the school district for the reduced attendance that results from the program, to be determined by multiplying one-fourth of the kindergarten average daily attendance for the 2005-06 school year by the school district's base revenue limit per unit of average daily attendance. If a school district does not implement the program districtwide, this one-time incentive shall be determined by multiplying one-fourth of the specific portion of the district's kindergarten average daily attendance for the 2005-06 school year contributed by the implementing school or schools by the school district's base revenue limit per unit of average daily attendance.

(c) A participating school district that does not implement the program on a districtwide basis shall provide to the Superintendent of Public Instruction a statement certifying the following:

(1) The second principal apportionment average daily attendance in the implementing schools for the 2005-06 school year. The school district shall maintain these records for audit purposes. The Superintendent of Public Instruction may request documentation of the second principal apportionment average daily attendance in schools implementing the program as deemed necessary to enforce the funding limits of this article.

(2) Attendance boundaries for the schools implementing the program will remain the same as they existed in the 2005-06 school year through the duration of the program, unless the district submits an application to and receives approval from the State Board of Education. The State Board of Education shall only consider applications for attendance boundary changes for participating schools in cases where significant population changes necessitate the opening of new schools or the closing of existing schools. In order to preserve the integrity of the evaluation required by this article, it is the intent of the Legislature that a school district applying to participate in the program on a less than districtwide basis avoid implementation of the program in schools that can reasonably be foreseen to be subject to boundary changes within the timeframe of the pilot program authorized in this article. The State Board of Education may not approve boundary changes that do not meet the requirements and intent of this paragraph.

(3) The district has established procedures that restrict attendance in nonparticipating schools of the district for children residing in the attendance boundaries of the schools implementing the program.

(d) Total incentive funding for reduced second principal apportionment average daily attendance provided pursuant to this article shall be subject to a statewide maximum funding level equal to the equivalent of 2,300 full annual units of average daily attendance multiplied by the statewide average school district revenue limit for the 2006-07 fiscal year as determined by the Department of Finance.

(Amended by Stats. 2003, Ch. 227, Sec. 24.)