(a) Notwithstanding the standards and criteria adopted pursuant to paragraph (3) of subdivision (a) of Section 33128 or any other law, for the 2002-03 fiscal year only, a local educational agency may use for purposes determined by its governing body up to 50 percent of its reserves for economic uncertainties and up to 50 percent of the balances, as of July 1, 2002, of restricted accounts in its General Fund, excluding restricted reserves committed for capital outlay, bond funds, sinking funds, and federal funds, in order to provide local budgeting flexibility as a result of midyear budget reductions for the 2002-03 fiscal year that are enacted by the Legislature after January 2003.
(b) A local educational agency may not, pursuant to paragraph (a), use the combined budgetary reserves in excess of its total midyear budget reductions for the 2002-03 fiscal year.
(c) It is the intent of the Legislature that a local educational agency use the flexibility provided in subdivision (a) to the extent midyear budget reductions for the 2002-03 fiscal year occur in the following programs:
(1) The Peer Assistance and Review Program.
(2) Supplemental instruction and remedial programs.
(3) One-time funding for the Instructional Materials Funding Realignment Program.
(d) It is further the intent of the Legislature that a local educational agency make every effort to maintain a prudent expenditure plan that ensures its solvency for the 2002-03 fiscal year and in subsequent fiscal years.
(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 4 (SBX1), Sec. 3.)
Education Code 33128