(a) A school district applying for funds for the 1996-97 or 1997-98 school year to implement a Class Size Reduction Program pursuant to Option One, as a part of its application for that funding, may request that the State Board of Education grant the school district a two-year authorization to have a teacher-pupil ratio that averages 1 to 20, whether or not each group of 20 pupils is enrolled in a separate class; provided that there is not less than one full-time certificated teacher hired for each group of 20 pupils for each grade level for which Option One funding is requested. The State Board of Education may grant that authorization even though the pupils may be in groups of greater than 20 pupils for a portion of the full regular schoolday. The State Board of Education shall not renew or extend the authorization granted for any schoolsite pursuant to this section for any additional period of time. This subdivision shall not be applicable to applications for funding for the 1998-99 and subsequent school years.
(b) The State Board of Education may grant an authorization to proceed under subdivision (a) if all of the following requirements are met:
(1) The schoolsite or schoolsites for which the waiver is requested is currently operating on a multitrack year-round education calendar.
(2) The school district has documented to the satisfaction of the board that special circumstances exist at the schoolsite or schoolsites, including, but not limited to, the schoolsite or schoolsites are so crowded that if any additional area at the schoolsite or schoolsites is utilized for the purposes of providing the additional facilities necessary to meet the requirements of this chapter, that utilization would result in a severe impairment of the adequacy of the education program or programs at that schoolsite or those schoolsites.
(3) The school district submits a plan demonstrating to the satisfaction of the board that it will fully meet the requirements of subparagraph (A) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 52122 pertaining to Option One funding for the grade levels for which the two-year authorization is requested pursuant to this section upon the expiration of that authorization.
(Amended by Stats. 1997, Ch. 298, Sec. 3.)