(a) A school district or districts, a county superintendent or superintendents, or the governing body of any agency maintaining a regional occupational center or program may contract with a private postsecondary school that is authorized or approved pursuant to Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 94300) of Part 59 and that has been in operation not less than two full calendar years prior to the effective date of the contract, to provide career technical skill training authorized by this code. A school district, community college district, or county superintendent of schools may contract with an activity center, work activity center, or sheltered workshop to provide career technical skill training authorized by this code in an adult education program for adults with disabilities operated pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 41976.
(b) A contract between a public entity and a private postsecondary school entered into pursuant to this section, or an activity center, work activity center, or sheltered workshop, shall do all of the following:
(1) Provide that the amount contracted for per student shall not exceed the total direct and indirect costs to provide the same training in the public schools or the tuition the private postsecondary school charges its private students, whichever is lower.
(2) Provide that the public school receiving training in a private postsecondary school, or an activity center, work activity center, or sheltered workshop pursuant to that contract may not be charged additional tuition for any training included in the contract. The attendance of those students pursuant to a contract authorized by this section shall be credited to the public entity for the purposes of apportionments from the State School Fund.
(3) Provide that all programs, courses, and classes of instruction shall meet the standards set forth in the California State Plan for Career Technical Education, or is a course of study for adult schools approved by the department under Section 51056.
(c) The students who attend a private postsecondary school or an activity center, work activity center, or sheltered workshop pursuant to a contract under this section shall be enrollees of the public entity and the career technical instruction provided pursuant to that contract shall be under the exclusive control and management of the governing body of the contracting public entity.
(d) The Department of Finance and the State Department of Education may audit the accounts of both the public entity and the private party involved in these contracts to the extent necessary to ensure the integrity of the public funds involved.
(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 677, Sec. 4.)
Education Code 41976
Education Code 94300