(a) A school district that meets the criteria set forth in Sections 52122.6 and 52122.7 and that has been granted a waiver by the State Board of Education for a schoolsite or schoolsites, may receive Option One funding at the per pupil amount defined in subdivision (a) of Section 52126 under the following conditions:
(1) The school district hires additional teachers to provide instruction at each schoolsite for which a waiver is granted so that the teacher-to-pupil ratio averages 1 to 20, whether or not each group of pupils is enrolled in a separate class; provided that there is not less than one full-time certificated teacher hired and providing instruction for each group of 20 pupils for each grade level at the site for which a waiver is requested. The State Board of Education may grant the waiver even though pupils may be housed in groups of greater than 20 pupils for all, or a portion, of the full regular schoolday.
(2) The primary focus of the increased teacher-to-pupil ratios at the site is reading and mathematics instruction.
(3) The school district provides an annual report of how pupils at the impacted site will be served in enriched teacher-to-pupil ratios during the time of the waiver.
(4) All requirements of the Class Size Reduction Program contained in this chapter are met except for those in subparagraph (A) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 52122 and subdivisions (c) and (f) of Section 52123.
(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (2) of subdivision (c) of Section 52122.1 and subdivision (d) of Section 52122.1, schoolsites receiving funding under this section shall be eligible for the facilities loan program pursuant to Section 52122.1. The district may receive forty thousand dollars ($40,000) per each new teacher hired for class size reduction pursuant to this section up to the amount of funding available pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (c) of Section 52122.1.
(Added by Stats. 1997, Ch. 285, Sec. 3.)