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Class Size Reduction Program Application   

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(a) Except as otherwise provided by Section 52123, any school district that maintains any kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 3, inclusive, may apply to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for an apportionment to implement a class size reduction program in that school district in kindergarten and any of the grades designated in this chapter.

(b) An application submitted pursuant to this chapter shall identify both of the following:

(1) Each class that will participate in the Class Size Reduction Program.

(2) For each class that will participate in the Class Size Reduction Program, whether that class will operate under Option One or Option Two:

(A) (i) Option One: A school district shall provide a reduced class size for all pupils in each classroom for the full regular schoolday in each grade level for which funding is claimed. For the purposes of this chapter, "full regular schoolday" means a substantial majority of the instructional minutes per day, but shall permit limited periods of time during which pupils are brought together for a particular phase of education in groups that are larger than 20 pupils per certificated teacher. It is the intent of the Legislature that those limited periods of time be kept to a minimum and that instruction in reading and mathematics not be delivered during those limited periods of time. For the purposes of this subparagraph, "class" is defined in the same manner as provided in the regulations adopted by the Superintendent of Public Instruction prior to July 1, 1996, pursuant to Sections 41376 and 41378 (subdivision (a) of Section 15103 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations).

(ii) The purpose of the Class Size Reduction Program is to ensure that children in public school in kindergarten and grades 1 to 3, inclusive, receive instruction in classrooms where there are not more than 20 pupils. Except as provided in subdivision (h), in order to qualify for funding pursuant to this chapter, each class in the Class Size Reduction Program shall be maintained with an annual average class size of not more than 20 pupils for the instructional time that qualifies the class for funding pursuant to this chapter. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit the class size from exceeding 20 pupils on any particular day, provided that the average class size for the school year does not exceed 20.

(B) (i) Option Two: A school district shall provide a reduced class size for all pupils in each classroom for at least one-half of the instructional minutes offered per day in each grade level for which funding is claimed. School districts selecting this option shall primarily devote those instructional minutes to the subject areas of reading and mathematics. For the purposes of this subparagraph, "class" is defined in the same manner as provided in the regulations adopted by the Superintendent of Public Instruction prior to July 1, 1996, pursuant to Sections 41376 and 41378 (subdivision (a) of Section 15103 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations).

(ii) The purpose of the Class Size Reduction Program is to ensure that children in public school in kindergarten and grades 1 to 3, inclusive, receive instruction in classrooms where there are not more than 20 pupils. Except as provided in subdivision (h), in order to qualify for funding pursuant to this chapter, each class in the Class Size Reduction Program shall be maintained with an annual average class size of not more than 20 pupils for the instructional time that qualifies the class for funding pursuant to this chapter. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit the class size from exceeding 20 pupils on any particular day, provided that the average class size for the school year does not exceed 20.

(c) A school district that intends to implement a class size reduction program for the 1996-97 school year shall submit an application for funds pursuant to this chapter to the Superintendent of Public Instruction not later than November 1, 1996. To receive the total amount of funding in the 1996-97 school year for which the school district is eligible pursuant to Section 52126, a school district shall implement the Class Size Reduction Program by February 16, 1997, within the meaning of paragraph (2) of subdivision (b).

(d) A school district that intends to implement or continue to implement a class size reduction program for the 1997-98 school year and any subsequent school year shall submit an application for funding pursuant to this chapter to the Superintendent of Public Instruction not later than 90 days after the annual Budget Act is chaptered, unless otherwise specified in regulations adopted by the State Board of Education.

(e) For the 1997-98 school year, a school district that is either implementing or expanding a class size reduction program pursuant to this chapter may receive funding pursuant to this chapter even if the new classes for which funding is sought are not implemented at the beginning of the 1997-98 school year, provided that, for each new class in the Class Size Reduction Program, all of the following criteria are met:

(1) The teacher for each new class is hired and placed on the school district's payroll by November 1, 1997.

(2) Each teacher for a new class has begun to receive the training required by this chapter on or before February 16, 1998.

(3) All other requirements of this chapter are satisfied by February 16, 1998, and continue to be satisfied for the remainder of the 1997-98 school year.

(f) For the 1997-98 school year, the number of new classes in the Class Size Reduction Program is the number of classes satisfying the requirements of this chapter minus the number of classes funded in the Class Size Reduction Program pursuant to this chapter in the 1996-97 school year.

(g) Any school district that chooses to reduce class size through the use of an early-late instructional program is ineligible to also use Section 46205, relating to the computation of instructional time for purposes of the Incentive for Longer Instructional Day and Year, in any grade level for which class size reduction funding is received pursuant to this chapter; provided, however, that any school district that operated under Section 46205 prior to July 1, 1996, may receive class size reduction funding pursuant to Option One in any grade level for which class size reduction funding would otherwise be received pursuant to Option One.

(h) (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a school district that maintains only one school serving pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 3, inclusive, is eligible to receive funding under this section on behalf of the school if there are no more than two classes per participating grade level and the average class size is no more than 20 pupils in each of the classes participating in class size reduction at that schoolsite. For purposes of this subdivision, average class size may be determined by calculating the total number of pupils enrolled in all classes at all grade levels in a school that will participate in the Class Size Reduction Program divided by the total number of classes in the school. The ratio of pupils to teacher in any class included in the average shall not exceed the 20 to 1 standard by more than two pupils.

(2) As a condition of applying for funding under this subdivision, a governing board shall make a public declaration, either by adopting a resolution or by issuing a statement in a publicly noticed open meeting, that it has exhausted all possible alternatives to averaging and is unable to achieve the 20 to 1 pupil-teacher ratio in a way that is educationally acceptable.

(Amended by Stats 2000, Ch. 743, Sec. 1)

Reference:

Education Code 41376

Education Code 41378

Education Code 46205

Education Code 52123

5 CCR 15103