From the applications received pursuant to this chapter, the State Board of Education shall select county offices of education and school districts on a statewide basis to conduct reading leadership training programs pursuant to the program developed pursuant to Section 53002. The State Board of Education shall select an applicant in accordance with the following criteria:
(a) The selected applicants shall have the qualifications necessary to deliver a high-quality reading leadership training program.
(b) The selected applicants shall represent all areas of the state so that each geographical area of the state has reasonable access to a reading leadership training program.
(Added by Stats. 1996, Ch. 196, Sec. 2.)